Japanese vehicle manufacturer, Toyota, is well-known for developing the principles of so-called "lean manufacturing." Research published in the International Journal of Technology Management suggests that the lean approach might also be beneficial to medical procedures, making hospitals more efficient and cut waiting lists.
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