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    I am now using this blog to re-post some comments I make other blogs. For my full management blog see the Curious Cat Management Blog

    Thursday, March 09, 2006

    Lean Management Idea for Health Care

    The Health Factory by Stpehen Spear, New York Times opinion piece:

    Today, going to an American hospital seems about as safe as parachuting off a bridge. An estimated 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical error, and a nearly equal number succumb to infections they acquire in hospitals. Those rates are unacceptable in the world's most medically advanced country.
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    To go from working around problems to identifying and solving them required hospital workers to change the way they worked, from the front lines to the senior levels. But the effects were profound. If the rest of the country's hospitals follow that example, the national savings would be measured in tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year.

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