Lean design improves both health-care facilities and processes: a literature review
Reijula, J., Nevala, N., Lahtinen, M., Ruohomäki, V., & Reijula, K. (2014). Lean design improves both health-care facilities and processes: a literature review. Intelligent Buildings International, 6 (3), 170-185. doi:10.1080/17508975.2014.901904
Published inIntelligent Buildings International
DisciplineGerontologia ja kansanterveys
© Taylor & Francis. This is a final draft version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published by aylor & Francis.
This article presents a literature review of the challenges and possibilities for Lean design in modern health-care facilities. Many of today's health-care facilities are in dire need of renovation since limited financial resources among health-care demand improved work process efficiency, safety and employee well-being. Lean philosophy has been successfully implemented into hospitals with up-and-running hospital processes, but has not been thoroughly tested as a design methodology. The principles of Lean do not contradict with user-centric, participatory or ergonomic design approaches and thus the possibilities of using Lean as a complementary design methodology to the aforementioned approaches are discussed in this article. Lean fundamentals are also useful when dealing with change management issues. Lean offers a fundamentally solid ideology and a wide range of tools – many of which seem fitting to solve several urgent design problems in today's health-care design.
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