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Journal Article
Study

Using Lean "automation with a human touch" to improve medication safety: a step closer to the "perfect dose."

Ching JM, Williams BL, Idemoto LM, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2014;40:341-50.

This study highlights the use of Lean methodologies to facilitate implementation of barcode medication administration (BCMA) for hospitalized patients at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The introduction of BCMA led to significantly fewer medication errors. The concepts presented may be helpful for organizations employing new health technologies.