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Purpose of This Event

The primary purpose of the Lean Academic Healthcare Conference at Stanford is to create an international forum for sharing contemporary examples of improvement from academic health services. As Lean Thinking is embraced around the world, in almost all sectors, we aim to improve our own understanding of how we improve together, crossing departmental, professional, organizational and geographic silos in the spirit of making things better for our patients.

More than half of the 2-day program will feature contributions from delegates through oral and poster presentations. Our 2019 conference is the fourth year for this event and each year we deepen and broaden our learning with the number of contributions from clinicians, leaders, allied health care personnel and improvement practitioners continuing to increase and diversify, exemplifying the range of settings where Lean Thinking has been applied. Year after year, we discover new insights, new examples and new adopters of Lean Thinking proving the value to our patients, staff and organization.

Last year more than 70 abstracts were accepted into the program, guiding the conference themes for the event. This year, we are again committed to building the conference themes around your contributions and encourage you to submit an abstract describing your application of the Lean Thinking mindset, practices or tools in your healthcare setting. Stories of improvement are welcomed from all clinical settings and support areas. Poster presentations are welcomed and encouraged as they are an effective method of showcasing improvement work and networking over the duration of the 2-day event. Abstracts with strong outcomes that further the understanding of improvement will be considered favorably.

Each year we discover new insights, new examples and new adopters of Lean Thinking who have proven its value to our patients, staff and organization. Click here for more information on the Call for Abstracts. Abstract submissions close Wednesday July 3, 2019.


The conference will take place on the Stanford University Campus, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, on October 2 - 3, 2019.

The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center is located at 326 Galvez Street, at the intersection of Campus Drive and Galvez Street on the Stanford University campus.


Wednesday May 8, 2019 International Call for Abstracts Opens
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Early Bird Registration Opens
Wednesday July 3, 2019 Call for Abstract Submissions Closes
Thursday July 24, 2019 Authors will be Notified by Email of the Result of their Abstract Submission
Friday September 4, 2019 Early Bird Registration Closes
October 2-3, 2019 Lean Healthcare Academic Conference at Stanford
Conference Venue Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford Campus, Palo Alto, CA

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