There's a tremendous amount of waste occurring in the healthcare industry. In order to address that waste, organizations are moving to lean management because it exposes what and where these wastes are and rethinks the way work is done via value streams.
Most providers are set up by departments, or vertical silos. In the case of manufacturing, it's products that traverse these departments, from receiving an order to collecting the money for it. In healthcare, what traverses departments are the patients.
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Source: Healthcare Finance News