- Posted June 30, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
How Addressing These “7 Sources of Waste” In A Dental Practice Will Improve Patient Care And Reduce Costs
“Until recently, dentists didn’t get training in business,” explains Kim Bleiweiss. Today there are many options to management training and coaching for dentists and their dental team. Dentists can now learn how to implement leaner and more efficient office practices by applying the principles of lean practice management.
According to Bleiweiss, there are seven main sources of waste in the dental practice:
3. Unnecessary Transport
5. Excess Inventory
6. Unnecessary Motion
Using these seven sources as a starting point, dentists can begin to look at specific areas of their practice and identify then eliminate inefficiencies.
Additionally, talent is often underutilized. Something every dental practice can adopt immediately is a culture where the entire dental team is asked to consistently be looking for what is working well and what could be improved. That places a responsibility on every team member to identify any unnecessary steps in a process and eliminate them resulting in a change to that process. Changes to a process results in improved patient care and substantial cost reduction.