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Title: Lean principles for healthcare. Lean Thinking for Healthcare
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Keywords: Lean Thinking
Lean manufacturing
Toyota Production System
Total Quality Management
Six Sigma
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Series/Report no.: Healthcare delivery in the information age;
Abstract: Lean thinking, which developed from lean manufacturing or the Toyota Production System, is centred around elimination of waste and preserving value. Lean became especially important, some may go so far to say a fad, in manufacturing in the 1990s. So why in the twenty-first century might the principles of lean be relevant to healthcare? In the order to understand this, we need to recognise that healthcare delivery today is facing many pressures much like much of the manufacturing industries in the 1990s. The following serves to introduce key concepts that fall within taking a lean philosophy and explore how/why they might be relevant to healthcare.
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-8036-5
ISBN: 9781461480365
Type: Chapter
Affiliated Organisations: School of Business, IT and Logistics, RMIT University
Health Innovations and Research Institute, RMIT University
Appears in Collections:Health Informatics

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