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Health Care Operations and Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Operations, Planning, and Control by Evelyn Brown, John F. Kros

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CHAPTER 11

LEAN CONCEPTS IN HEALTH CARE

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the concept of lean and the value of creating a lean enterprise.
  • Appreciate the benefits of controlling waste.
  • Understand how to control flow with kanban systems.
  • Recognize what kaizen events are and how they impact a lean enterprise.
  • Understand the role value stream mapping plays in a lean enterprise.
  • Identify and apply various lean measures and tools.

INTRODUCTION

When it comes to having a fit and healthy body, we all understand what the term lean means. Just as a lean body is one with little fat, a lean company is one with little waste. This chapter examines the concept of lean in detail and provides clarification on what it means to be a lean organization. It presents ...

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