A structured review of lean supply chain management in health care

Sasan T. Khorasani, Omid Maghazei, Jennifer A. Cross

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Abstract

Lean supply chain management illustrates a new approach to supplier networks. Lean principles require long-term supplier relationships and a highly integrated supply chain management system. Improvement of supplier partnerships and long-term strategic alliances are two main success factors of a lean system. The healthcare industry is one of the most important service sectors; nevertheless, just a few studies have been conducted on lean supply chain in this industry. Improving the supply chain system by using lean principles causes higher quality in health care companies. Lean consists of principles that drive health care companies to continually add value for the organization by improving processes. Although Lean has been applied in manufacturing more than 40 years, its principles are suited to help health care companies to improve systems by systematically addressing the quality, cost and safety. To become a lean health care organization, a company should plan to achieve long-term relationships with their suppliers. Supplier selection criteria will have a significant effect on increasing added value for lean systems. In this paper, by reviewing relevant literature, we compile a set of criteria which should be considered in lean supply chain network design in the health care industry. The results of this study will be beneficial for health care organizations to improve their supply chain management system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015, ASEM 2015
EditorsE.-H. Ng, S. Long, A. Squires
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Management
Pages413-422
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781510816022
StatePublished - 2015
EventInternational Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015, ASEM 2015 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 7 2015Oct 10 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015, ASEM 2015

Conference

ConferenceInternational Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015, ASEM 2015
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis
Period10/7/1510/10/15

Keywords

  • Added value
  • Health care
  • Lean supply chain management
  • Waste management

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    Khorasani, S. T., Maghazei, O., & Cross, J. A. (2015). A structured review of lean supply chain management in health care. In E-H. Ng, S. Long, & A. Squires (Eds.), International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015, ASEM 2015 (pp. 413-422). (International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015, ASEM 2015). American Society for Engineering Management.