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Leveraging the Value Stream in Healthcare Reform


Look to patient value streams – not technology -- for healthcare transformation, write Judy Worth and Tom Shuker in this Quality Digest article.  They are part of the team that wrote Perfecting Patient Journeys, which describes in detail how to apply lean manufacturing principles to the delivery of healthcare, and the remarkable results achieved.

Perfecting Patient JourneysPerfecting Patient Journeys is a guide to value-stream improvement for leaders of healthcare organizations who want to implement lean thinking and engage employees in solving problems in order to deliver better and more efficient care. Readers will learn how to identify and select a problem in the performance of a value stream, define a project scope, and create a shared understanding of what's occurring in the value stream. Readers will also learn to develop a shared vision of an improved future, and hopefully work together to make that vision a reality.

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