Measuring Lean Initiatives in Health Care Services: Issues and Findings
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, ISSN 1741-0401, Vol. 56, no 1, 7-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To discuss how a performance measurement system called 'the flow model' is designed to measure changes towards lean thinking in health care services.
Design/methodology/approach: Integrates literature from the health care sector and the lean production movement in order to understand whether lean thinking is applicable in healthcare and thereby identify key performance indicators that measure changes towards lean thinking in health care. The flow model is discussed in relation to this measurement framework.
Findings: Finds that lean thinking is applicable in health care settings, and that the flow model is a suitable tool for following up these initiatives. However, it is argued that the flow model needs to be balanced with other measurements in order to receive a complete picture of lean performance.
Research limitations/implications: Shows that the framework of measurements may be used in empirical research of assessing changes towards lean thinking in health care settings.
Practical implications: Shows that health care practitioners may use the findings to develop measurements of the outcome of lean initiatives on existing care processes.
Originality/value: Shows analysis and discussion of the application of an industrial concept - Lean Production - in health care services.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 56, no 1, 7-24 p.
Health services, Lean production, Sweden
National CategoryHealth Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14568DOI: 10.1108/17410400710717064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14568DiVA: diva2:23847