Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is a performance improvement methodology that relies on collaborative team effort to improve performance by removing waste and reducing variation.
It combines Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to eliminate nonvalue-added processes (waste), and at the same time, reduce variation.
Lean Six Sigma provides an operational framework for an organization to improve on its key processes, which may result in operational efficiency and quality of care.
Although Lean and Six Sigma are different processes, they are complementary and share many similarities that allow them to flow together seamlessly. Both processes stress the fact that the customer defines the opportunity/value of the product or service; both rely on data to determine what needs improvement, as well as what impact the new/redesigned process made. Implementation of both processes often result in efficiency and reduction in variation.
These methodologies are designed to work well in the health care setting. The reduction of defects can have a positive impact on medical errors, and using Lean Six Sigma can shorten wait times in hospitals and physician practices, prevent falls and injuries in hospitals and nursing homes, reduce medication errors, and decrease turnaround time of key lab results.
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A number of MHA staff have been awarded green and black belt designations in Lean & Six Sigma, and are well qualified to lead and facilitate Lean & Six Sigma process initiatives. Please contact MHA to learn more.