Like every business, healthcare productions do their work through processes and any process can be planned and developed using basic lean Six Sigma method. As with any other professional, if the core value stream of a healthcare society is to function effectively then there have to be many support courses. These include the administrative function which allow the hospital to run effectively and the supply chain operation. Hence it provide the needed supplies and equipment.
Most of the arrival, exit, and support courses are the same kind of transnational processes which occur in any trade. Other developments are basically logistics to make sure that the right deliveries, equipment and pills are where they need to be in the right quantity and at the right time.
When you start seeing at these function as processes then it becomes clear that there are many chances for applying lean Six Sigma to make development.
The Lean Six Sigma has been very successful in many healthcare groups. For sample, a hospital was averaging 90 minutes to complete the turnover of working rooms used for hip and knee emergency. Using lean tool that to include value stream map, waste assessment, 5S method, and quick changeover. The hospital was able to decrease turnover to less than 30 minutes, saving 60 minutes in cycle time. That made the room available for additional working procedures each day. That means more patient could receive treatment more fast. In addition, the hospital simulated the ideas with similar procedures used in other surgery, and saw gain in multiple area.