National Academy of Medicine

The Promise of Lean Processes

By Patricia A. Gabow
July 27, 2012 | Commentary

American health care faces challenges in access, cost, and quality and in marked geographic and socioeconomic variability. While these challenges will require actions by federal and state governments, they also call for action by individual health systems. Actions by individual health systems will not only help to address these challenges, but also can provide models to inform government of practices that could be taken to scale. As individual health systems look for innovative approaches to meet these challenges, looking outside the health care industry holds promise.

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