Save the Date for the Virtual Lean Healthcare Academic Conference FROM Stanford

This year the Lean Healthcare Academic Conference will be a virtual event hosted over two days in late September. Since we last convened in October 2019, our organizations and communities have changed. We do things differently and the methods and practices used today may not be fit for purpose to respond to the challenges or opportunities of tomorrow. We have learned a lot about solving problems quickly, learning fast, being alert for the unexpected and being adaptable to accommodate the changing demands on our organizations and teams. As a community we have a lot to share and learn from each other.

We will focus on how Lean Thinking and Practice was used in preparation, implementation and sustaining the COVID-19 response in healthcare. We will also look beyond COVID-19 to related challenges, opportunities and deepening our understanding of improvement as a consequence of what we have learned.

Although nothing can replace face to face contact, a virtual conference opens up opportunities. We aim to extend our reach, with an increased ability to connect internationally across continents and time zones. We will continue our commitment to a program that predominantly features participant contributions through posters and facilitated discussion. Our call for poster abstracts is now open and we invite you to share your stories of lean application. How has your organization leveraged its improvement and management systems to support the fast pace of change and address the safety, quality, flow, people and financial challenges that have characterized this period? What management capability and improvement infrastructure do we need to help us face this crisis and work differently in the future? What could we have done better? What other important improvement work have you committed to continuing and be successful in despite the disruption?

If you would like more information on the event or discuss an opportunity to participate please contact us at

Key Dates

Open Abstracts
May 22
Preliminary Program
June 3
Open Registration
June 17
Close Abstracts
July 17
Abstract Notification
July 29
Confirm Abstract Acceptance
August 7
Final Program
August 12
Close Registrations
September 18