Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Management Engineering-Process Improvement (ME-PI) Community and Society for Health Systems (SHS) launched a Web-based survey to their membership in early 2015. The purpose of this survey was to gain a better understanding of our members within the healthcare performance improvement community. View the results
Since 2009 the federal government has poured more than $29 billion into health information technology. Further they approved bills requiring the use of electronic medical records or hospitals will face financial penalties. However, some tech companies are making it difficult to share data between different systems. Hence the federal money meant to foster data sharing and care continuity may inadvertently have encouraged creation of "information silos."
Food Services is usually one of the largest departments in a hospital in terms of personnel and worked hours. The Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals has a number of useful tools on its website to manage productivity better, including worksheets to estimate staffing needs. It is important to note that the worksheet does not take into account variation in expected productivity based on type of food delivery service or scale of the operation.
Health Systems Engineer: An Emerging Field
Date and Time: Aug. 11 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Heather Woodward-Hagg, Ph.D., director, VA Center - Applied Systems Engineering
The Veterans Health Administration funded the Veterans Engineering Resource Center Program to support the integration and translation of systems engineering methods within healthcare delivery systems. This presentation will review the evolution of the VERC programs as well as the emergence of a new field of health systems engineering. More information and registration
The suicide rate for veterans has been higher than that of the civilian population for years, but since 2009 it has risen to four to six times the comparable civilian rate. Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health have developed a database and algorithm that can identify veterans with a high likelihood of suicide.
Brock Husby and Tammy Daniels delivered a presentation on lean strategy deployment at the 2012 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. The presentation described a true "top to bottom and backup again" strategy deployment process and follow-up that involved over 90 percent of employees at the Scott and White Health System. Since that time, Scott and White merged with Baylor Healthcare, creating an even larger and more complex healthcare organization. Did strategy deployment stick over the following three years and with the merger with Baylor Healthcare? And if it did stick, what were the successes and lessons learned with such an ambitious undertaking? Daniels describes her impressions to these questions three years later.
Scott and White Original Presentation
The Shingo Institute and Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University have created an MBA program with special emphasis in the principles of the Shingo Model.
England's NHS supported four pilot sites to test whether lean methodology could meet the challenge of improving the quality, productivity and patient experience for phlebotomy services. Multidisciplinary teams worked collaboratively to test and implement changes that deliver improvements for patients, staff and users of the service. Staff was trained to apply lean methodology to work. Improvements were achieved in all pilot areas with some sites achieving more than 50 percent reduction in wait times and 30 percent productivity improvement. Staff satisfaction also was demonstrated by reduced unplanned absences and improved patient satisfaction.
Interested in learning more about career paths in healthcare industrial engineering? Read about SHS members who have had successful careers using their industrial skills in healthcare.