This year the Lean Healthcare Academic Conference will be a virtual event hosted September 29th and 30th. 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.