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SHS State of the Society

This presentation by Todd Schneider, immediate past president, reports on the SHS vision, goals and strategies this past year and how the society is doing in membership, scholarship funds, conference attendance. Also reports on Recognition and Awards.

SHS Year in Review

The Society for Health Systems utilizes our Business Meeting at the annual conference to review the "state of the society." For those that were unable to attend, here is a "year in review."

Clemson University I.E. department researcher focuses on patient safety initiatives

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs. 

ER Wait Watcher - Which emergency room will see you the fastest? 

The PRO Publica website shows current and average wait and service times for most hospitals in the U.S. and roll-ups by state. How does your hospital stack up?

Improving patient safety through provider communication strategy enhancements

This paper published by AHRQ details several strategies and tactics to improve provider communication at Denver Health, an acute care hospital. Among the several topics described is an SBAR process used by nursing to escalate patient issues to attending physicians.

2014 Student Case Study Competition Winner - University of Wisconsin

 2014 Student Case Study Winners

(left to right) Mark Biscone, Conference Student Activities Committee;
Andrea Price, University of Wisconsin; Angela Chupa, University of Wisconsin;
and Todd Schneider, SHS president

SHS 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winners

2014 Graduate Student Paper winners  
(left to right) Serpil Mutlu, Rachel J. Miller and Conference Chair, Karl Kraebber 

The 2014 SHS Graduate Student Paper Competition is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E.Mayo Clinic Logo 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.

SHS NEWSLETTER

SHS NewsletterApril 2014

The April 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features a look back at the Healthcare Sytems Process Improvement Conference 2014 and the selection of Tarun Mohan Lal to be IIE's 2014 representative for the New Faces of Engineering sponsored by DiscoverE. The newsletter also includes articles about hospitalists as industrial engineers; operating room staffing and allocation; coaching for lean and kaizen; the case for adoption of mobile health technologies; practical applications of operations research to optimize complex scheduling and capacity problems; and visualizing, analyzing and optimizing OR and PACU staffing schedules. SHS members and those completing milestone years of service as of March 2014 are also recognized. And registration information is listed for the upcoming SHS webinar on April 24, "Using Six Sigma & Lean Tools to Reduce 30-Day Readmission Rates."

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EVENTS & TRAINING
JUN
9
  Lean Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

JUN
12
  Intro to IE in Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

JUL
8
  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

JUL
14
  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 20 Days

JUL
29
  Principles in Hospital Labor Management
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

AUG
18
  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days

AUG
25
  Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 8 Days

SEP
8
  Principles in Patient Flow and Throughput
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

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

OCT
14
  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days