An Overview of Lean Guide

April 2013
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Health care organizations that have successfully implemented Lean demonstrate workflow processes that are simple and meaningful, eliminate waste and improve productivity and patient care. The end result is a cultural transformation that aligns strategy, culture and execution that can improve internal and external communications, reduce staff stress and tensions, increase patient satisfaction and provide overall cost savings to an organization. This guide provides an overview of the five key concepts of Lean thinking as well as steps that should be implemented to create the ideal Lean system and Lean resources.