Lean Healthcare

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Assignment 2

MTT096-Production Management

Establishment of Lean in healthcare
Since Lean production (LP) was made for the car industry from its origin, the philosophy was applied to a standardized product or process. When the success of LP hit the world, many organisations looked for ways to implement LP with mixed results. One of the main difficulties lies within the field of identifying a repetitive process or making the process repetitive. The higher the variation of the process the harder it is to standardize it and to find the areas of improvement, since every situation is highly contextual. When it comes to healthcare the field is both repetitive and contextual, doctors must make individual assessments for each patient, but for example nurses goes through the same procedure when they give patients their medicine. Many patient including myself interpret a visit at the hospital as time consuming, in many cases you will first sit in a waiting room to get tested/assessed. The results is then analysed, and you might have to talk to several nurses and doctors in the process before you actually get treated.
Several attempts to implement LP has been made for many reasons, however as Dannapfel et al (2013) describes it: the need to make a change in healthcare-organizations in many cases rises from an aging population and the strive to maximize the given resources. Dannapfel et al
(2013) investigated a case study in Östergötland, to investigate how LP-thinking can be used as a strategy. But with all these benefits that lean offers why haven’t more healthcare institutions tried to implement it? Dozens of management consultants have done tons of research in the field but the phase where the results should be implemented continuously fail.
One reason is of course as Pfeffer and Sutton (2000) describes it, is that the gap between…...

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