Author Affiliations: Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Washington.
Many health care organizations seeking solutions to the broad and complex range of problems facing US health care are exploring management practices, such as the “Lean” system, that have improved performance in manufacturing and technology sectors.1 McConnell and colleagues2 report that adapting such practices to one type of health care setting—hospital interventional cardiac units—resulted in improved process-of-care measures and lowered 30-day mortality from acute myocardial infarctions.
Armstrong S, Fox E, Chapman W. To Meet Health Care's Triple Aim, Lean Management Must Be Applied Across the Value StreamComment on “Management Practices and the Quality of Care in Cardiac Units”. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(8):692-694. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.4080