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'The largest lean transformation in the world': The implementation and evaluation of lean in Saskatchewan healthcare

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Kinsman, L and Rotter, T and Stevenson, K and Bath, B and Goodridge, D and Harrison, L and Dobson, R and Sari, N and Jeffery, C and Bourassa, C and Westhorp, G, 'The largest lean transformation in the world': The implementation and evaluation of lean in Saskatchewan healthcare, Healthcare Quarterly, 17, (2) pp. 29-32. ISSN 1710-2774 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014 Longwoods Publishing

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12927/hcq.2014.23880

Abstract

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has committed to a multi-million dollar investment toward the implementation of Lean methodology across the province's healthcare system. Originating as a production line discipline (the Toyota Production System), Lean has evolved to encompass process improvements including inventory management, waste reduction and quality improvement techniques. With an initial focus on leadership, strategic alignment, training and the creation of a supportive infrastructure (Lean promotion offices), the goal in Saskatchewan is a whole health system transformation that produces "better health, better value, better care, and better teams." Given the scope and scale of the initiative and the commitment of resources, it is vital that a comprehensive, longitudinal evaluation plan be implemented to support ongoing decision-making and program design. The nature of the initiative also offers a unique opportunity to contribute to health quality improvement science by advancing our understanding of the implementation and evaluation of complex, large-scale healthcare interventions. The purpose of this article is to summarize the background to Lean in Saskatchewan and the proposed evaluation methods.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Lean
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Care Administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Policy Evaluation
Author:Kinsman, L (Professor Leigh Kinsman)
ID Code:98594
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-02-19
Last Modified:2015-04-14
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