Winner of 2014 SHS Scholarship - Katie Scholl
Congratulations to Katie Scholl from North Dakota State University, winner of the 2014 SHS Scholarship! For the past two summers, Katie has interned in the office of continuous improvement at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D. In this position she completed several projects involving process flow, project management and space utiization. Katie plans to pursue a master's degree focusing on healthcare as an industrial engineer.
The SHS scholarship is sponsored by Parallon Workforce Solutions.
John Hansmann receives 2014 SHS President's Service Award
John Hansmann is the recipient of the 2014 SHS President's Service Award. The success of the Society for Health Systems is largely dependent on the volunteer efforts of its members. This award is meant to recognize on an annual basis an individual who has contributed above and beyond the normal call of duty to the vitality of the society and to the advancement of its strategic plan and aspiration.
This is the highest award given annually by the Society.
New SHS Diplomates!
SHS is delighted to honor the following members as Diplomates. Congratulations! We are proud to recognize you with this elite status for your many contributions to IE and healthcare community!
To know more about other SHS Diplomates and application process, click here.
SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Management Engineering and Process Improvement Award - Pauline Hogan-Byom
Congratulations to Pauline Hogan-Byom, recipient of the 2014 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Management Enginering and Process Improvement Award. Pauline's impact to SHS was recognized when she was named a "25th Anniversary Honored Member." She served as the chair of the HIMSS Management Engineering and Process Improvement Committee and continues to be involved with the Quality and Patient Safety Committee. She was instrumental in restarting the joint SHS/HIMSS reception during Annual Conference and actively encourages collaboration between the two organizations.
SHS 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner
The 2014 SHS Graduate Student Paper Competition is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
Winner: "Optimizing Resident-based Teamlet Schedules to Improve Continuity in Primary Care" by Rachel J. Miller and Serpil Mutlu, Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
Posters of Excellence Award Winners
"Standardized Work: Only You Can Prevent Workplace Fires" by Marti Jordan, East Tennessee Children's Hospital
"Applications for Real Time Location System Technology in the Operating Room" by Susan Seidensticker, University of Texas Medical Branch
"Analysis of Real Time Hospital Needs and RFID Benefits" by Hulya Yazici, Florida Gulf Coast University
"Integrating Interventions in CPOEs to Reduce Laboratory Test Request Errors" by Gouri Prakash, CitiusTech Inc.
Researchers applied lean and Six Sigma methodologies to improve OR efficiency. Multidisciplinary teams addressed minimizing volume variation; streamlining the preoperative process; reducing non-operative time; eliminating redundant information; and promoting employee engagement.
Urgent Matters and the American College of Emergency Physicians have developed a discharge toolkit to expedite appropriate care for patients with atrial fibrillation.
This is a summary presentation of one year results from a project at Mayo Clinic in Florida aimed at improving the operational performance of a hospital's operating rooms by assessing and managing variability. The changes resulted in a 5 per cent increase in OR utilization and net revenue and a 27 percent reduction in overtime. These data were also published in the June 2013 Journal of The American College of Surgeons.
New video: Understanding control charts
IHI Executive Director of Performance Improvement, Bob Lloyd, Ph.D. has been teaching the science of improvement all over the world for more than 20 years. The IHI Open School has compiled a series of short "whiteboard" videos in which Lloyd breaks down the core concepts of improvement science. The latest addition to the series is a two-part video on understanding control charts.
The Daily Rx summarizes on a study led by Jeremiah D. Schuur, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, to reduce excess utilization and costs in the Emergency Department.
This article in Pharmacy Purchasing & Products describes a strategic framework for controlling and reducing costs in hospital pharmacies based on work done at Riverside Health System in Virginia.
This paper is a case study of work done at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, to improve interventional radiology throughput with the main objective of reducing patient wait times and avoiding costly capital investment.
SHS Member Milestones
Congratulations! Please join us in congratulating members for their continued service and membership with the Society for Health Systems. View members who have completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of February 2014.
Welcome new members
Welcome new members to our community! Thank you for joining us; we look forward to collaborating with you.
Call for papers and presentations - Healthcare Applications Track
2014 Winter Simulation Conference in Savannah, GA
Click here for submittal information and overview of the Track
SHS Scholarship Fund - Donate today
Did you know that the Society for Health Systems offers one scholarship to a deserving undergraduate student each year? The student receives $1,000, registration to the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference ($195), and a travel stipend of $300 to travel to the conference. Donate now
Are you an IE graduate? Are you an IE new to Healthcare?
- Introduction to IE in Healthcare
This presentation is intended to provide an introduction to healthcare for new IE graduates, IEs new to healthcare and hospital administrators unfamiliar with industrial engineering and what it has to offer healthcare improvement. The presentation provides the following: 1) an overview of healthcare quality and costs; 2) an overview of hospitals and hospital operations; and 3) an overview of the history of IEs in healthcare and emerging opportunities; and 4) a glimpse at the projected future of healthcare.
- New grads don't make these mistakes!
Making the transition from college life to the professional workforce can be a challenge for many new grads. By better understanding what organizations are looking for and avoiding common pitfalls you can set yourself up for a smooth transition and successful career. This presentation from the 2013 SHS Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference includes tips on things to avoid when looking for a job, performing effectively at your job and preparing for a prosperous career.
- IEs as leaders of change in healthcare
Jim Brachulis, director of performance improvement at Oakwood Healthcare, shares some of his insights into roles and expectations of new industrial engineers entering healthcare. Jim notes critical to the IE’s path is how leadership is developed and utilized to help them advance change and also in transition to later opportunities in their careers. View presentation