LEAN


Lean Six Sigma in Patient Flow

As has been observed, control of patient flow is a major factor for improving hospital emergency department operations. Indeed, patient flow is a central driver of a hospital’s operational performance, which is tightly coupled with the overall quality and cost of healthcare. The main role of the ED can be defined as the treatment of patients who are critically ill or injured (Singh Gill 2012). As the ED is considered a central place in the healthcare organization, issues in other components of the system may be linked with those in the ED (Yen and Gorelick 2007). Hence, problems in the ED may strongly affect the public opinion of the entire healthcare organization (Mazzocato et al. 2012). Emergency departments (EDs) suffer more from patient delays than perhaps any other component of the healthcare system.  Read More....

Lean Strategies in Manufacturing Organization

Lean strategies have been developed to eliminate or reduce manufacturing waste and thus improve operational efficiency in manufacturing processes. However, implementing lean strategies requires a lot of resources and, in practice, manufacturers encounter difficulties in selecting appropriate lean strategies within their resource constraints. There is currently no systematic methodology available for selecting appropriate lean strategies within a manufacturer’s resource constraints. In the lean transformation process, it is also critical to measure the current and desired leanness levels in order to clearly evaluate lean implementation efforts. Read more