Knowledge Expansion

The Application of Lean in Healthcare

Fellowship Paper

Practice Efficiency

Erik Liu MBA, FACMPE
The current healthcare environment poses many challenges to medical group practice managers. Aside from their daily tasks of managing operational issues in their medical practices, healthcare administrators must deal with the burgeoning issues of physician burnout, attracting and keeping talented staff, taking charge of the practice’s financial stewardship and ensuring the delivery of quality health care. Healthcare managers are increasingly asked to do more with less. Can Lean management systems help practice managers thrive, not only survive, in the current dynamic healthcare environment? This exploratory paper will attempt to answer this question and explore how practice managers can improve patient and employee satisfaction, improve healthcare quality and safety, and lower operating costs by consistently practicing Lean principles aimed at creating value and removing waste, surfacing and solving problems, and engaging and empowering employees in continuous improvement.
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Erik Liu MBA, FACMPE
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