More Than Going Lean... Going Green

by MK Strupe on Wed, Oct 07, 2009 @ 12:06 PM

Today, many organizations are incorporating "Lean Thinking" into their objectives in an effort to improve operational efficiency; making up a large portion of these organizations are healthcare providers and hospitals. New legislation and regulations in the healthcare industry call for reduced wasteful spending and the use of Electronic Health Records to streamline information and facilitate patient treatment. What many organizations are coming to realize is that their efforts to go Lean are also helping them to go Green.

Both, Lean and Green thinking involve a company-wide commitment to change and make more sensible decisions about the way the company operates and how money is spent. Lean Thinking focuses on:

  • Achieving the highest operational efficiency possible
  • Reducing wastes
  • Cutting costs
  • Increasing productivity
  • Improving cycle time
Green thinking, takes a slightly different approach, emphasizing:
  • Paperless, efficient processes
  • Making eco-friendly decisions
  • Implementing a virtual work environment
Both methodologies, while different in nature, can be facilitated by implementing a Business Process Management Suite (BPMS).  BPM Software advances Lean and Green initiatives by automating paper-based forms and making them available electronically. Additionally, electronic forms capture patient information and updates automatically, eliminating the need for manual data entry, and thereby saving process participants time while reducing human errors that would otherwise have to be corrected. With process modeling, organizations then have the ability to map and automate out their day-to-day business processes to identify and eliminate bottlenecks and pitfalls to improve the organizations overall operational efficiency.

Is your organization exploring "Lean Thinking"? Does your organization want to go Green? If so, have you looked in to BPM?


Relevant Links:

Lean Healthcare?

Controlling Process "Rework" with Lean Six Sigma Practices

Visibility Into Your Processes Helps You Control Your Costs

Are You Green?


Mary Katherine Strupe
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