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Tips to Understanding Lean Six Sigma

When you walk in different hospitals, you will find that most of them are adopting lean six sigma management strategies in their day to day operations. It should be noted that the hospitals use the strategies to reduce costs and improve productivity. The lean six sigma strategies were mainly used in manufacturing industries before they later moved to healthcare facilities. Lean focuses much on removal of waste from organizations and processes while focusing on and delivering more value to customers. The beauty of six sigma is that pays much attention to variation reduction in processes, products, and services. Learn more about lean six sigma. In this post, we will take you through the benefits of lean six sigma.

One of the things you need to know about lean six sigma is that it was derived from both lean and six sigma, quality improvement methodologies. Lean and six sigma strategies are known to complement each other.

The following are the four main goals of lean six sigma, these include eliminating waste, improving flow, reducing variation and minimizing defects.

Healthcare facilities that adopt lean six sigma tend to have lower cases of medical errors. Lean six sigma principals are known to assist hospitals to reduce mortality rates. Since most people do not like to stay for long in hospitals, health care facilities can make them possible through the adoption of lean six sigma principals. The principals are vital in improving patient care.

When you adopt the principles of lean six sigma, you can be assured of delivering nothing but better safety and also reduce departmental siloes.

The other reason why healthcare facilities need to adopt six sigma tools is that they will help them use the structured problem-solving techniques popularly referred to as DMAIC. When we say DMAIC, we refer to define, measure, analyze, improve and control. Hospitals that adopt DMAIC problem-solving technique, they are in a better position to solve numerous healthcare problems. Now let’s take a look at this strategy.

One of the critical considerations to adopting the problem-solving strategy involves understating the identity, needs and wants of patients. In addition, when using the strategy, you need to pay attention to the performance of your healthcare, based on the improvements. Click here to get more details about lean six sigma. Healthcare facilities that are looking forward to improving their services need to put into consideration the level of patient satisfaction, the rate of clinical excellence and service cost.

The other ways in which sigma six strategies can benefit a hospital is that they can be used to analyze data collected for measurement to make sure that there is efficiency. Based on the benefits discussed in this post, you should consider adopting the lean six sigma principals. Learn more from


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