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More clinical laboratories are increasingly looking for solutions to elevate productivity, improve workflow processes, utilize staff time efficiently, and compress the time it takes to deliver results back to healthcare providers. Applying lean principles to the clinical laboratory can successfully identify inefficiencies and provide improved operational performance, resulting in faster testing turnaround time, decreasing costs, and improved quality of end results.

The concept of lean thinking or the process of identifying and eliminating wasteful practices has been successfully implemented in a wide range of industries. Continuous improvement principles have become widely popularized in the healthcare industry because of their significant impact in process reorganization and resource allocation. Lean methodology focuses on eliminating waste to deliver quality patient laboratory results at the lowest cost, within the shortest amount of time, and without sacrificing client satisfaction.