Lean Healthcare


LEAN systems are designed to reduce waste by focusing on identifying actions that cause waste. By reducing waste in processes and focusing on actions that improve value, lean processes have been shown to save money and to improve efficiency in healthcare facilities.

8 Types of Waste

  • Defects.
  • Overproduction.
  • Transportation.
  • Waiting.
  • Inventory.
  • Motion.
  • Overprocessing.
  • Human potential.

Eliminating Waste in Supply Chain

One of the major areas of waste within a healthcare facility is the supply chain. In an inefficient supply room processes can cause material to expire, get lost, and cause time to be wasted. Metro products are designed to work with lean processes to create an organized and efficient supply management system.

Two-Bin Kanban

A commonly used restock system to help curb waste is a two-bin resupply system. With this system a bin is always fully stocked and ready to be utilized. In front of that bin is a second bin that will be picked from by staff as they go about their day. Once the bin in front is emptied it is placed to the side for restock and the already filled bin is moved forward for utilization. This is an easy and organized way to make sure that materials are rotated properly and organized. Products that pair with this process include a Kanban Two-Bin qwikslot shelving unit and the Starsys Extra Deep cabinets.