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Lean healthcare research is interdisciplinary with investigators coming from the fields of business, healthcare management, medicine, engineering, human factors, etc.

Studies reporting on lean healthcare practices are being conducted internationally. Flinders Medical Centre in Australia used lean to reduce delays from emergency care to surgery. Managers with the British National Health Service’s Modernization Agency report the use of PDSA (plan, do, study, act) improvement methodology. Akron’s Children’s Hospital is designing lean processes to increase patient access to their NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.

With such a wide-spread, interdisciplinary research base, one of the clearest roles of the Center for Lean Healthcare Research (CLHR) is to bring together researchers and practitioners and be an international resource for those interested in lean healthcare research. For more information, contact Naomi Adaniya.


Decision Sciences Institute 45th Annual Meeting
Tampa, FL
November 22-25, 2014

CLHR is excited to be presenting at the upcoming DSI Annual Meeting, a conference that attracts researchers and practitioners from around the world interested in the application of quantitative and behavioral methods to the problem of society. DSI members represent diverse disciplines with many keenly interested in healthcare. The theme this year is Technology and the Rapidly Changing Global Business Landscape. For more information, click HERE.


1st Annual Lean Healthcare Research Symposium: Bridging Research & Practice
Hosted by the Center for Lean Healthcare Research, Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 2014

5th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
Hosted by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, Los Angeles, CA, June 4-5, 2014 

CLHR Symposium

Connecting research and practice is the focus at CLHR’s ‘Lean Healthcare Research Symposium’

The healthcare system is full of opportunities for lean transformation. As healthcare organizations increasingly embrace lean and implement applications as seen at the Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds are conducting leading-edge research. Their findings are already giving credence to the value of lean in healthcare. Yet, the lean healthcare research community still needed a public forum to come together and discuss the overall research agenda. Enter the Center for Lean Healthcare Research (CLHR).

In our inaugural year, CLHR hosted the 1st Annual Lean Healthcare Research Symposium in Los Angeles. Kicking the event off, Director Sharon Schweikhart gave welcome remarks and reviewed the current state of the Center. Jack Bowhan, Network Manager for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, briefed researchers on his Center’s Health Value Network (HVN) and possible opportunities with HVN members for research.

The research track was led off by a dynamic presentation reviewing the progression of lean research being conducted at UMass Memorial Health Care by Lori Pelletier, an administrator and assistant professor. One project hopes to enhance resident team utilization and increase patient flow. After simulation and optimization modeling, Pelletier and her team are starting on the second phase of the project this June.

Next, Dorothy Hung of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation presented her work on rolling out a system-wide lean, primary care application. Funded by AHRQ, Hung and her team have already found a positive correlation between the lean implementation and patient satisfaction scores.

Finally, Aravind Chandrasekaran of Ohio State discussed his study that engages kidney transplant patients (and their families) and empowers them to help direct the lean project on the design and improvement of standardized discharge work for kidney transplant patients like themselves.

Symposium closed with a Working Session that discussed (a) the possibility of conducting an annual lean survey that would collect data into a lean registry, (b) the idea of offering an abstract tracking service or publishing a quarterly lean journal/article watch, (c) the complexities of measuring ROI of lean efforts, and (d) the journals and conference to target.

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Naomi Adaniya at