Real-world Results for Lean in Healthcare

Profero helps Implement Lean in Hospitals

Specific examples from Profero healthcare clients


  • Anatomic Pathology Lab - freed up 40% of the space in an storeroom by applying 5S and visual controls, reduced the amount of inventory carried, eliminated expired product, increased the number of deliveries per week
  • Phlebotomists - reduced errors in specimen draw mistakes by over 80% by appling standard work and batch size reduction
  • Laboratory - Reduced the average time per requisition from 3 minutes, 52 seconds to 1 minute 28 seconds and reduced training time from 9-12 weeks to 4-6 weeks by using streamlined layout, standard work and batch size reduction
  • Eight Full Time Employees (FTEs) were freed up over a one year lean implementation and were redeployed in understaffed areas
  • Nurse recruiting -  by using Value Stream Mapping the nurse recruitment process lead-time was cut by 50%
  • Resource planning – reduced the average time for capital requests from over three months to 30 days or less
  • At one location we trained over 250 managers and employees in basic Lean Healthcare concepts in a hands-on, interactive seminar. Raised the awareness and importance of Lean Healthcare. This provided the basis for cultural shift required to implement Lean and prepare personnel for improvement changes.

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