Applying Lean in Healthcare: A Collection of International Case Studies

Joe Aherne, John Whelton

April 21, 2010 by Productivity Press
Reference - 247 Pages - 75 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439827390 - CAT# K11351


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  • Presents firsthand accounts of lean implementations, challenges, and how they were overcome
  • Provides international examples from the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, and Brazil
  • Blends theory, case studies, and practical tips from an international perspective
  • Features a foreword by eminent psychiatrist professor Jeffrey Clotheir


Typically entrenched and systemic, healthcare problems require the sort of comprehensive solutions that can only be addressed by a change in culture and a shift in thinking. Applying Lean in Healthcare: A Collection of International Case Studies demonstrates how honest appraisal, intelligent planning, and vigilant follow-up have led to dramatic improvements in a variety of healthcare settings across the world. It teaches us how innovative organizations can find sustainable solutions to seemingly intractable problems by following a path guided by Lean Thinking. Lean methods may not solve every healthcare problem, but as these cases prove, changing a culture rather than personnel results in more effective sustainable change.


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