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.

Get Involved!

CLHR's Research Advisory Council
Interested in helping transform healthcare by promoting lean healthcare through research activities and working collaborative with a group of researchers and innovators across the country? Check out the current list of RAC members HERE. If you are interested in learning more about our Center, please contact Naomi Adaniya.

Recent Events

CLHR Hosted 2nd Annual Lean Healthcare Research Symposium - Dallas - June 2015
Director Sharon Schweikhart welcomed researchers from over 15 institutions across the country to our 2nd Annual Lean Healthcare Research Symposium. Interest had been building since last year's Symposium. This year's session began with a stimulating discussion on Shingo (lean) assessment led by Jose Paredes of Underwriters Laboratory. The afternoon highlighted the work of Ernest Byers and Lori Pelletier, Katrina Appell, and Aravind Chandrasekaran.

IIE's Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Sessions (ISERC) - Nashville - May/June 2015
In the lead up to our Symposium in Dallas, our Director Sharon Schweikhart led a lean healthcare research session at the largest industrial engineering event of the year. Her presentation focused on how researchers, healthcare administrators, and practitioners are working together to establish a lean healthcare research agenda.

Lean Health Portugal Meeting - Coimbra, Portugal - April 2015
Opened by Portugal's Health Minister The Honorable Manuel Teixeira and Dr. José Tereso, our Director Sharon Schweikhart was invited to deliver the afternoon keynote address and discuss how lean healthcare research can be translated into practice. Over 100 of Portugal's top government officials, healthcare administrators, practitioners, and researchers attended this one-day conference held in Coimbra.