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lean

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An approach to improving workflow and eliminating waste, which loosely translates as getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while minimising waste and being flexible and open to change. Lean processes in healthcare are similar to manufacturing: both deal with inventory control and processes using the same equipment and people.

Lean focuses on activities that provide the highest value to the client—a process known as value stream mapping—or those that generate the most revenue, while eliminating superfluous steps. In healthcare, this translates into reduced testing and billing errors; streamlined admissions and appointments; improved document and billing practices; and reduced unnecessary treatment. Lean principles offer a way for healthcare organisations to control costs and improve quality; when correctly implemented, lean processes drastically reduce inventory, downtime, costs, and production cycles for manufacturers—and helps increase quality and revenues.
 
Vox populi
Not fat (as in a lean person) or fatty (as in ‘lean beef’).

Medspeak-UK

lean

(lēn)
A product so labeled contains, by F.D.A. order, less than 10 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, and 95 mg cholesterol per serving.

lean

(lēn)
Without excess fat. By USDA standards it means that a meat or poultry product contains less than 10 g of fat, 4.5 g of saturated fat and 95 mg of cholesterol per serving.
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To help guide credit unions looking to operate as leanly as possible in these challenging economic times, the Credit Union Executives Society has released a series of cost-control manuals.
By that, I mean some hotels, for instance, are simply staffed more leanly than another hotel in a different price point and different set of amenities.
For leanly staffed organizations, like many rural telcos, the marketing, training and operational support are icing on the cake.
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In the dramatic scene of the conflagration of the barn which houses Addie's coffin, Jewel's heroic rescue of his mother's corpse is satirically rendered by Darl, who sees him as "a flat figure cut leanly from tin" (218).
Job cuts probably won't take place in this merger because the organizations are "leanly" staffed and most functions are "complimentary, not duplicative," Elliott said.
It is leanly shaped and makes a strong styling message at the front, where the grille cuts into the bonnet, forcing the number plate to one side.
Although the nascent broadcasters insist they will operate far more leanly and efficiently than the incumbents, many tradesters believe casualties are inevitable.
Because the bulk sales from old to new chains typically have involved a large number of leanly run "mature papers" in no- to slow-growth communities, the only way the new owners can increase revenue is to find fresh properties and cut costs.
"Areas with a greater number of apartments and starter homes are likely to face a difficult 12 months with properties having to be priced leanly to attract sufficient activity and to appeal to cash-strapped first-time buyers."
Northern Engineering Industries (NEI), with headquarters at Gosforth, topped the list in albeit the pounds 400m turnover then (if you exclude inflation) contrasts leanly with the pounds 3bn that put Arriva at the top last year.
The challenge for us is that we are leanly staffed and not all employees may be able to take advantage of it."