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Call for nomination for the SHS board of directors

The SHS Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for two dynamic directors whose terms will begin March 1, 2017. All nominees must be current, regular members of SHS. Students are not eligible. Click here for more details and to sign up. 

Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2017

March 1-3, 2017
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Florida

HSPIC 2017

HSPI Conference 2017 is your source for the latest in operational and quality improvement tools, methods and concepts such as lean, Six Sigma, productivity, benchmarking, simulation and project management.

Sponsored by the Society for Health Systems, HSPI Conference 2017 provides pre-conference workshops; educational sessions; ample networking events and opportunities and exhibitors with products and services to help you meet your quality, process and project goals.

Share your success story, share your knowledge, and energize the attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses, and methodologies to improve healthcare operations.

Making the Connection between Student and Careers

SHS has been providing online webinars to student groups and College/University undergraduate and graduate courses to help improve the understanding of the application of industrial and systems engineering principles in healthcare. These webinars help students understand how their interest in systems engineering can be applied in healthcare. The speakers also share their experiences either as an early career professional, academic or established professional to help students see career opportunities in health systems. The advice provided by the speakers is greatly appreciated by the professors and students alike as it brings current trends and practical scenarios into the learning experience.

This year, we would like to expand the knowledge of SHS to more schools across the country. The Student and Academic Committee would like to encourage any student or academic interested in having a webinar provided to their class or group. Click here for more information.

We are also looking for help from professionals and academics across the SHS domain. If you would like to get involved we are always interested in new volunteers to share their stories in these webinars or at the regional undergraduate conferences. To volunteer, please provide your area of expertise and general availability by completing the web form found here.

Call for Best Student Paper Competition in Healthcare Research

Healthcare Track is pleased to announce the 2017 Student Best Paper Competition!

The first place, the second place and the third place winners will win $500, $300 and $200, and the opportunity to present your project at the Industrial and Systems Annual Conference (IISE 2017). 

The submission deadline is March 1, 2017. Paper submissions can include multiple student authors and should describe applied projects, research results, case studies, class projects or other work efforts in which industrial engineering skills were applied to a problem arising in healthcare systems engineering. Judging criteria are based on originality, technical merit, relevance, organization and quality of the paper.

Please, see the attachments for more information about the guidelines for a successful paper and how to submit your paper for the competition.

Requirements:The first author on the paper must be a student. 

Submission process: Email your paper and submission form to teresa.wu@asu.edu.

Call for Papers ( Abstracts)

Dear Colleagues:
The Society for Health Systems of the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring the Healthcare Systems Track at the 2017 IISE Annual Conference and Expo. The conference is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research and practitioner communities.

The 2017 IISE Annual Conference and Expo will be one conference. There are no longer separate ISERC and Applied Solutions sessions. This exciting change will bring researchers and practitioners together to share the latest advances in our fields. Healthcare systems track gathers academicians and seasoned industry practitioners to present cutting edge research and proven solutions for applying industrial and systems engineering principles within healthcare systems including operations management, informatics, social technical system, and decision modeling. Click here to learn more

Call for Paper: Special Issue for Health Informatics, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
Health informatics is a multidisciplinary field that uses health information technology to improve healthcare on its effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and quality. Health informatics bridges information technology, computer science, statistics, data analytics, management science, systems engineering, social science and other fields to improve the healthcare workflow, enable better clinical processes, support decision making, identify patients risk, and provide information to enhance patient safety and quality.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their completed or ongoing original work related to the health informatics field in this special issue. Click here for topics.

IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering – A Forum to Bridge Research and Healthcare Practices
IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering is an official journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Our journal publishes research motivated by the challenging problems related to healthcare systems. It aims to foster the healthcare systems community by bringing research papers that have a strong methodological focus and direct applicability to healthcare systems to the audience. Currently, we publish papers in one of four categories: Healthcare Operations Management, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Decision Making and Socio-Technical Systems Analysis. Read more.

SHS Early Career/Young Professionals – Member Highlight: Bianca Garcia

Bianca Garcia is a performance improvement specialist at WellStar Health System in Marietta, Ga. She has a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. Bianca is a wonderful addition to our Early Career/Young Professionals Committee because she is looking to network with other healthcare improvement professionals, as well as help assist with YP activities and conference events. In her spare time, Bianca enjoys dancing, yoga, cooking and spending time with her two pet cats.

For detailed information about the Young/Early Career Professional Committee, please click here. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at SHS.YoungProfessionals@gmail.com 

Society for Health Systems Scholarship

Sponsored by Parallon Workforce Solutions
Available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided: (1) the school's industrial engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an agency or organization recognized by IISE; and (2) the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000.

Applications must be received at IISE headquarters on or before Dec. 1. Click here to learn more.

Register for the FlexSim Student Simulation Competition by Sept 30!

Calling all students! Enter today for our third annual SHS Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc. Teams of up to four students can enter by solving a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim’s simulation software. Three finalist teams will be chosen to receive complimentary registration and funded travel expenses to present at the 2017 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. The total cash prize pool is $5,000, and first place wins $2,500! Don’t wait until it’s too late; sign up today! Click here for more details and to sign up

Students, are you looking for a way to get involved?

The Society for Health Systems is seeking two student members to join the Education Committee.The Education Committee's focus is on promoting, highlighting, and educating members on the vital role of industrial and systems engineers in healthcare.

We do this through understanding our member's needs and seeking industry leaders to share their knowledge with our membership network of students, young professionals, mid-careerist, and experienced professionals.

Committee members meet online monthly to plan and deliver these educational offerings including webinars, podcasts, conference sessions and regional networking events.

If you would like to get involved in shaping your profession, networking with experienced professionals, and building your resume please contact Education Committee Chair Jarvis Gray at jarvis.gray@emoryhealthcare.org with your interest to join the SHS Education Committee.

Professional Members, do you want to get involved with SHS? Join a committee!

Are you interested in joining a SHS committee? Looking to expand your network and volunteer experience? The committees have set their goals for the year and are looking for help achieving them. SHS is a member-led organization. We look forward to working with you!

If you are interested, please reach out to the committee via the emails below, even if you're just curious about how you can fit in to the SHS organization!


December 2016

SHS Newsletter

The December issue of the SHS Newsletter covers the latest society news including HSPI 2017 Conference, HIMSS17 Annual Conference, SHS nominations for newsletter editor as well as information on SHS graduate student and much more.

Be sure to check out the full list of IISE webinars


  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 15 Days

  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 20 Days

  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days

  Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 8 Days

  Lean Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Lean Daily Management for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

  Project Management Fundamentals
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

  Intro to IE in Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 2 Days