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Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2014

Did you miss out on joining your fellow process improvement professionals in Orlando, Fla., for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2014? Don't worry, we have it covered!

Check out our look back at #SHS2014 with our conference photo album, favorite tweets, attendee blogs and conference proceedings. You can also save the date and join us again in Orlando for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, Feb. 18-20, 2015, at The Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Visualizing, analyzing, and optimizing OR and PACE staffing schedules

This presentation discusses the methodology and tools used to predict workload volume and derive daily staff schedules in the OR and PACU. The positive results from this effort will also be presented.

Practical applications of operations research to optimize complex scheduling and capacity problems 

This presentation demonstrates several recent projects by the Center for Health Organization Transformation, Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University that improved complex scheduling and capacity problems in healthcare.

Hospitalists as industrial engineers

The president of the Society of Hospital Medicine identifies attributes of industrial engineers that make for a better hospitalist and where to acquire tools and skills to succeed in a multifaceted role. 

Coaching for lean and kaizen

Teaching supervisors at all levels to be good coaches is a key practice that Franciscan St. Francis Health has embarked upon. Many coaching practices and examples will be presented and discussed from a variety of healthcare organizations around the world.

Can mobile health technologies transform healthcare?

This article in JAMA describes the case for adoption of mobile health technologies (mHealth) and the potential for future application from a clinician’s perspective. 

SHS Member Profiles

What are your fellow SHS members doing? SHS is now posting career profiles of members. For more information on how to get your profile or the profile of someone you know listed contact Ashley Benedict, Ph.D.

Operating room staffing and allocation

Dr. Dexter provides an innovative and practical approach to staffing and allocation of operating room (OR) time to reduce overall OR expense and reduce variability in late staffing. The presentation has links to an intensive course in OR management offered through the University of Iowa.

Cleveland Clinic's value-based care team improves patient wait times, saves costs

Cleveland Clinic has found ways to reduce cost and increase throughput by adding support staff for primary care visits.

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 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."


  Lean Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Intro to IE in Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

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

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

  Principles in Hospital Labor Management
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

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

  Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 8 Days

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

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

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