Lean Healthcare

Driving out excess with standardized processes

Lean management principles have been in place for decades. Born from the Toyota car manufacturing plant in Japan, lean thinking begins with driving out waste so that all work adds value and serves the customer’s needs.

What do car manufacturing and healthcare have in common? Both entail highly complex and intersecting processes with the goal of delivering quality and customer satisfaction. The idea behind it is simple: If healthcare workers spent less time doing unnecessary tasks – such as looking for staff or checking on bed availability – and more time delivering care in line with their area of expertise, everyone would be happier and the organization more profitable.

The move to lean begins with transparency in the form of enterprise visibility. The Aionex platform uses a powerful combination of RFID and RTLS technology that delivers immediate, up-to-date information on events and resources in every department. Data is captured and sent back to workstations, electronic whiteboards and physician dashboards – and can automatically populate clinical documentation systems. That information, combined with an intuitive rules engine, gives caregivers reliable, accurate workflows that ensure quality care. Finally, accountability is built-in to the process with an escalating alerts system that notifies appropriate staff of pending tasks based on pre-defined roles and time rules.

Aionex supports lean healthcare by advancing transparency, efficiency and accountability across the care continuum.

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