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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, 2015. All nominees must be current, regular members of SHS. Students are not eligible.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to serve your society in a significant way. If not you, then perhaps someone you know is qualified to take a leadership position on the SHS Board.

The position is a three-year commitment with fantastic opportunities to network and give back to the profession. Generally the time commitment is three to five hours per month - about half of the time is during traditional business hours - with the term beginning Feb. 20, 2015 . 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.

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, 2014, 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 

12 Mobile Heath Apps Released by Hospitals & Health Systems

Developers aren’t the only entities releasing mobile Health (mHealth) apps. Hospitals and health systems are also tapping into the growing market. The article describes 12 mHealth apps that hospitals and health systems released, as reported by Becker’s Hospital Review over the past four months. 

Isn’t it time to finish the transformation of management that Deming started?

On July 13, 1950, Dr. Deming was invited to meet with 21 presidents of Japan’s leading industries representing about 80 percent of the country’s capital. Dr. Deming told the Japanese presidents many things on this day, the most important being that if the Japanese followed his teachings that the world would be screaming for protection from their quality products within five years. According to Dr. Deming, "They did it in four (years)."

Dr. Deming ran out of time to completely deliver on the transformation of management. Unfortunately, management the world over - for the most part - still have ignored his message. 

An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition
/uploadedImages/SHSNew/Flexsim Healthcare.jpgSponsored 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 September 2014.

Medication reconciliation at admission and discharge: a time and motion study

Medication reconciliation is an activity that is required to improve patient safety. It is often done poorly due to inadequate resources. This study describes an approach to evaluate needed resources but it concludes with the need to improve the standardization of work processes to eliminate the wide variation in time and labor resources.

"Empowering staff can’t be just lip service": Interview with Dr. Greg Jacobson

The more cumbersome it is for someone to engage in improvement work, the less likely they are to do so. I think that the key is: people need to feel empowered, but it can't be just lip service. It has to go that extra step, where people recognize and see that they are empowered. 


Hospitals Turn to Big Data to Improve Patient Care

Hospitals are using detailed customer data to create profiles on current and potential patients in an effort to identify those most likely to get sick and intervene before they do. Some hospitals are obtaining information from data brokers that collect information from public records and credit card transactions, and then using algorithms to sort the data and identify high-risk patients. Other hospitals are using household and demographic data, but some patients and advocates are concerned that this expansion into big data could harm the relationship between doctors and patients and threaten privacy.

Carolinas HealthCare System is using predictive models that provide risk scores for each patient, and Michael Dulin, director of research and evidence-based medicine, says the score will be regularly passed to doctors and nurses to help them reach out to patients about ways to prevent serious illness. "The idea is to use big data and predictive models to think about population health and drill down to the individual levels to find someone running into trouble that we can reach out to and try to help out," he said.

Meanwhile, Gartner Inc. analyst Robert Booz explains, "What they are trying to do is proactive care management where we know you are a patient at risk for diabetes so even before the symptoms show up we are going to try to intervene."


SHS NewsletterSeptember 2014

The September 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features an article describing 12 mobile health apps that hospitals and health systems have released, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review over the past four months. Be sure to read the entry details and prize monies for the exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim! Also you will find a time and motion study on medication reconciliation at admission and discharge; hospitals turning to big data to improve patient care; an interview with Dr. Greg Jacobson; healthcare spending; smart pills; and a roundtable on safety culture with supporting processes helping to lower and prevent HAIs. You can read about the renowned keynote speakers for the 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference upcoming Feb. 18-20 and view members with continued years of service to the Society. And you can purchase access to the Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future and hear how leading organizations are navigating the field's most pressing issues, including the Affordable Care Act, change management, value-based purchasing and more.


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