Journal article

Lean implementation in healthcare supply chain: a scoping review

Gabriela Aline Borges, Guilherme Tortorella, Matteo Rossini, Alberto Portioli-Staudacher

Journal of Health Organization and Management | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to identify the lean production (LP) practices applied in healthcare supply chain and the existing barriers related to their implementation. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: To achieve that, a scoping review was carried out in order to consolidate the main practices and barriers, and also to evidence research gaps and directions according to different theoretical lenses. FINDINGS: The findings show that there is a consensus on the potential of LP practices implementation in healthcare supply chain, but most studies still report such implementation restricted to specific unit or value stream within a hospital. ORIGINALITY/VALUE: Healthcare organizations are u..

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