Lean Six Sigma is a business optimization method that focuses on eliminating defects. In healthcare, defects can be the difference between life and death. That’s why many healthcare organizations have implemented Lean Six Sigma principles. When properly implemented, Lean Six Sigma optimizes every stage of patient care – from revenue cycles to patient outcomes. Today, we’re explaining how Lean Six Sigma works in healthcare – and how it can help your organization eliminate defects. What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a method that emphasizes a collaborative team effort for improving performance and reducing inefficiencies. The method is based on lean manufacturing techniques. If you’re familiar with lean healthcare practices, then Lean Six Sigma may sound familiar. In addition to targeting defects and waste, Lean Six Sigma targets overall cultural change. The system emphasizes growth and optimization. You’ll encounter Lean Six Sigma at a range of corporations. It rose to popularity with electronics companies and car companies. Since the mid-2000s, however, we’ve seen Lean Six Sigma in healthcare, finance, supply chain, and other sectors. When implemented successfully, Lean Six Sigma maximizes efficiency while increasing profitability – in any field.