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SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award

The call for applications is now open and will close on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at 5 p.m. Central time
The Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology professions. These contributions may be of a professional or technical nature, and may include research or development of improved processes (with or without technology), or exemplary contribution to the professional society. For more information and to make a nomination

BREAKING NEWS: Special Event in the Atlanta area!
Networking Session and Presentation
Oct. 24, 2014

After a roaring "first-year success," SHS is hosting another SHS Networking session in ATLANTA! Friday, Oct. 24 is the date! Attend a networking session and presentation at Maggiano's Little Italy located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta. Pam Arlotto, President and CEO of Maestro Strategies will discuss "Decision Making in Times of Uncertainty: Thinking Differently about Change." More information about the event

Disease modelers project a rapidly rising toll from Ebola 

Scientists across the world are scrambling to create computer models that accurately describe the spread of the deadly virus. An accurate model could help agencies such as the World Health Organization predict the amount of medical supplies and personnel that they will need. Further they could simulate the impact of various possible interventions to determine which will help stop the outbreak.

Wearable Workflow Needs Health Systems Engineering

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Wearable technology is everywhere. But the applications are especially promising in healthcare, such as patient monitors and wearable user interfaces to health information systems. But wearable tech will not succeed unless the work flow is right. Dr. Chuck Webster, judge for the annual Workflow Management Coalition Awards for Excellence in BPM and Workflow and Awards for Case Management, discussed how health systems engineering can help make wearable technology successful in healthcare. View the presentation and recording.

This webinar was presented by the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 program committee and showcases the types of sessions in its dynamic program.

Submit an abstract for Poster Presentation! – Deadline Nov. 14 

The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference provides you with an excellent opportunity to present the results of your work to a wide, interested and experienced audience. We encourage you to submit abstracts of your work for presentation as posters. This year’s poster session will be a bit divergent from year’s past. Posters will be submitted and approved as usual, however, at the conference all poster presenters will be given the opportunity to speak to their work during intersession periods/receptions. The posters will be divided between two different tracks: Applied and Research projects. After these facilitated sessions, judges and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with posters of interest to them. Judges will gather and discuss the projects accordingly and at the end of the proceedings, award a 1st and 2nd place award to each track.

Note: participation in the presentation portion of the poster track is voluntary. That is, an author may elect to submit a poster, but is not required to make a presentation.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

How to get your improvement projects approved

Want to get your improvement project approved? Better read this first!

Dynamic keynote speakers to appear at the HSPI Conference 2015

Two keynote speakers will address attendees during the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, taking place Feb. 18-20 at The Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

/uploadedImages/SHSNew/croppedKim.jpgKim Barnas, a member of the faculty at ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, will deliver her presentation on Feb. 19. Barnas has an M.S. in healthcare administration and served as a senior vice president of ThedaCare and president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. She is also the author of the 2014 book, "Beyond Heroes, A Lean Management System for Healthcare."

/uploadedImages/SHSNew/Chuck.jpgDr. Chuck Webster from EHR Workflow Inc. will speak to attendees on Feb. 20. Dr. Webster has degrees in accountancy, industrial engineering, intelligent systems and medicine. Webster designed the first undergraduate program in medical informatics, was a software architect in a hospital MIS department, and also served as a vice president and chief medical informatics officer for an EHR vendor for more than a decade.

And for more information about these keynote speakers and to register for the HSPI Conference 2015, go to www.shsconference.org 

New Member with Successful Career: Tangela Craft

The Society for Health Systems wants to highlight the successful career of Tangela Craft. Tangela is a Manager in Productivity Management for the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her BS in Industrial Engineering from N.C. State University and her MBA from East Carolina University. To read Tangela’s profile, as well as those previously highlighted, visit the Members with Successful Careers section of the SHS website.

What deep-fry joints and traffic have to do with population health

To date, population health strategies have relied heavily on providers. Now, providers are important—don't get me wrong—but they’re not the only ones influencing health outcomes.

Call for nominations for the SHS Board of Directors

The SHS Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for two dynamic directors whose terms will begin Feb 20. All nominees must be current, regular members of SHS. Students are not eligible. Interested candidates or nominators should complete the nomination form by Oct. 30, 2014, for consideration by the SHS Nominating Committee. Take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague to Pam Patterson at IIE Headquarters. Contact Todd Schneider, nominating committee chair, if you have questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a Society leadership position.

An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition

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Sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

Entries are now being accepted for the SHS Student Simulation Competition. Gather a team of four students to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500! Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Orlando, Fla., at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, certificates and cash awards.

Entry forms are due no later than Sept. 30. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards." For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition Web page.

Member milestones - September 2014

Please join us in congratulating the following members for their continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. Click here to view members have been completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of October 2014.

Hansel and Gretel: Lessons for Managing a Crisis

A fresh look at managing change, especially change that comes as a response to a crisis. Although we all fear a crisis, it can serve an important function by forcing you onto a path you wouldn’t have dared walk before. It can be an emboldening, even enlightening, experience. When you step outside your comfort zone, you have a chance to discover new and sometimes unexpected ways to push past uncertainty.

SHS NEWSLETTER

SHS NewsletterOctober 2014

The October 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features a call for nominations for the SHS Board of Directors and a call for applications for the SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award. Announced is a Networking Session and Presentation event to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 24. Read articles about computer models that accurately describe the spread of the Ebola virus; a fresh look at managing change that comes to response to a crisis; what deep-fry joints and traffic have to do with population health; and how to get your improvement projects approved. View the presentation and recording of the webinar, Wearable Workflow Needs Health Systems Engineering; and read about the new member with a successful career, Tangela Craft. The issue also includes information about the dynamic speakers to appear at the HSPI conference and the Society for Health Systems Scholarship Award.

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