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Center for Lean Healthcare Research

Lean. For decades, its waste-reducing, value-creating principles have sparked landmark transformations at Toyota, Honda and other automakers hungry to maintain competitive edge and drive efficiency. These success stories have been so powerful that other manufacturers and service-industry organizations have picked up the torch – and as pressure mounts to improve patient care and reduce costs, lean is emerging as a viable solution for many health-care organizations.

The Center for Lean Healthcare Research equips hospitals and other healthcare organizations with the tools and guidance they need to execute lasting lean transformations by facilitating collaboration, building a vibrant research base, and engaging in research. Learn more HERE.

What's Happening

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CLHR to Host 2nd Annual Lean Healthcare Research Symposium on June 2 in Dallas
Thanks to the interest building from last year's Symposium and through on-going interaction with researchers across the country and some in Canada and Europe, the Center for Lean Healthcare Research will be hosting the 2nd Symposium in Dallas leading into the 6th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, hosted by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. This year's Symposium will highlight recent work but focus primarily on building research collaborations. We look forward to welcoming faculty, practitioners, and administrators interested in the lean healthcare research agenda. (Image courtesy of kancp26 at

CLHR Director to Present at Decision Sciences Institute's 45th Annual Meeting
For DSI, our Director Sharon Schweikhart co-chairs the healthcare track and will be leading a lean healthcare research session on Saturday, November 22 in Tampa, Florida. The session will also feature researchers from Boston University and from universities in Hungary. Decision Sciences Institute is a professional organization interested in the application of quantitative and behavioral methods to the problems of society.

Nationally Recognized Researchers Join CLHR
Having identified a need to unite the lean healthcare research community, the Center for Lean Healthcare Research has established their Research Advisory Council (RAC). A wide variety of lean healthcare leaders and innovators from across the country are partnering with CLHR to make lean part of the national healthcare dialogue. Click HERE for more information.