Implementing Lean Principles in the Healthcare Industry: A Theoretical and Practical Overview

  • Fatma PakdilEmail author
  • Timothy N. Harwood
  • Feride Bahar Isin
Part of the Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age book series (Healthcare Delivery Inform. Age)


This chapter aims to present how lean philosophy can be implemented in healthcare delivery processes in order to create a practical base for lean practitioners and decision-makers.

Based on the literature review, 14 principles of lean were analyzed in healthcare processes and organizations. In light of the analysis in this chapter, healthcare providers, managers, and decision-makers can focus on how to implement lean in healthcare organizations more effectively and efficiently. Even though lean is expressed as the latest rage in the healthcare industry, no systematic effort to provide an approach to integrate all 14 lean principles in healthcare service delivery processes has been made so far. This chapter presents how lean is interpreted in healthcare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fatma Pakdil
    • 1
    Email author
  • Timothy N. Harwood
    • 2
  • Feride Bahar Isin
    • 3
  1. 1.Eastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimanticUSA
  2. 2.Wake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Baskent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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