Lean operations

A strategy for the just-in-time production of products and services and the elimination of non-value-adding activities (wastes) from processes and value streams by involving all clinicians and other staff members and employees of a healthcare organization in continuous improvement. A lean production system effectively optimizes the interactions among people, materials, and machines through elements such as standard work, kanban, visual display, one-piece flow, and the pull system, to provide high-quality products and services that are responsive to patient and customer needs.