From a UK Auto Industry press release: In the UK, Nissan Manufacturing UK has been sharing its lean manufacturing techniques with the local Sunderland Royal hospital in a knowledge sharing project which has so far halved the time patients spend in one of the hospital’s units from six, to three hours, by giving them specific appointment times. The number of steps used in patient treatment have been reduced from 29 to 11 after Nissan suggested unnecessary, duplicated checks could be removed.
Some leaning (can't say anyone is really lean) companies in the US are doing the same. Does anyone know how it has affected healthcare coverage costs? So far, I believe it's mainly speculation that it will happen - and I agree with the idea - but I'm wondering if there's any data yet to support it.