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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 Jan-Feb;18(1):52-4. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823f57c0.

Applying Lean principles and Kaizen rapid improvement events in public health practice.

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North Carolina State University-Industrial Extension Service, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Abstract

This case study describes a local home health and hospice agency's effort to implement Lean principles and Kaizen methodology as a rapid improvement approach to quality improvement. The agency created a cross-functional team, followed Lean Kaizen methodology, and made significant improvements in scheduling time for home health nurses that resulted in reduced operational costs, improved working conditions, and multiple organizational efficiencies.

PMID:
22139310
DOI:
10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823f57c0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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