Improving Efficiency and Mapping Surgical Procedures Using Lean Methods

Jesse J. Liu, Jeffrey S. Raskin, Ahmed M. Raslan*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The delivery of high-value and low-cost health care is an increasingly urgent directive of public health institutions. As national health expenditure becomes an increasingly higher proportion of the gross domestic product, governments and health care systems are trying to find ways to reduce the cost of health care without reducing the overall health of the population. Recently, Lean methodologies have been borrowed and adapted from automobile assembly lines to health care delivery. These methods have been used in places ranging from the clinic, to ambulatory surgery centers, to high-volume hospital operating rooms to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery while reducing costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuality and Safety in Neurosurgery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128128985
ISBN (Print)9780128128992
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cost
  • Health spending
  • Lean production
  • Process map
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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