“Lean” in Canadian Health Care: Doing Less While Achieving More

The Conference Board of Canada, 19 pages, June 3, 2014
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This briefing introduces “Lean,” a relatively new approach that focuses on maximizing customer value by eliminating “waste” from workflow. Lean empowers employees to redesign their own work processes and create a culture of everyday problem solving.

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Improving the performance of Canada’s health care system requires a deep exploration of value and the redesign of health care delivery processes. Otherwise, improved quality will continue to be tied to a need for added investment. “Lean,” based on the Toyota Production System, focuses on maximizing customer value through the elimination of “waste.” Its ultimate goal is to create a culture that empowers employees to eliminate waste through everyday problem solving. This philosophy, combined with a powerful methodology, supports process redesign and improvements in safety and quality. At the same time, it delivers health care at a lower cost while enhancing employee morale (or engagement).

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