Using data to make decisions and drive results: a LEAN implementation strategy

Clin Leadersh Manag Rev. 2005 Mar 28;19(2):E4.


During the process of facility planning, Fairview Laboratory Services utilized LEAN manufacturing to maximize efficiency, simplify processes, and improve laboratory support of patient care services. By incorporating the LEAN program's concepts in our pilot program, we were able to reduce turnaround time by 50%, improve productivity by greater than 40%, reduce costs by 31%, save more than 440 square feet of space, standardize work practices, reduce errors and error potential, continuously measure performance, eliminate excess unused inventory and visual noise, and cross-train 100% of staff in the core laboratory. In addition, we trained a core team of people that is available to coordinate future LEAN projects in the laboratory and other areas of the organization.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
  • Decision Making
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Health Facility Planning / methods
  • Health Facility Planning / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Laboratories / organization & administration*
  • Minnesota
  • Pilot Projects