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The SHS newsletter team is always on the lookout for new content relevant to professionals working in the healthcare improvement field. To contribute articles, interviews, book reviews, presentations, or to make staff aware of members in the news, ideas for future content, or other newsworthy content please contact Bart Sellers.

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Case study on patient flow improvement, streamlining admissions from the emergency department 

In a case study on the AHRQ website, the 340-bed Forbes Regional Campus of Western Pennsylvania Hospital developed a number of strategies to reduce delays in patient admission and discharge resulting in improved patient flow. The improvements were made during a weeklong kaizen blitz. The results of the improvement effort reduced admission delays, eliminated ambulance diversions, and improved patient satisfaction.
To see the case study on the AHRQ website click here.


Participate in this month's survey!
Reader Survey Question of the Month

March Question of the Month How does your organization analyze food and labor expense per meal?

Click here to participate in poll (bottom right-hand corner of page)

The results are in! February Question of the Month: If you work in an organization that operates an operating room or surgical center, how does staffing change with variation in day to day case demand?

Of those responding:
Staff hours adjusted day-to-day based on volume........60 percent
Staff work set schedule even though daily volume
changes....................................................................0 percent
Case schedule is consistent enough that scheduled
hours don't need adjusting..........................................40 percent
None of the above....................................................... 0 percent

Mayo Clinic Conference on systems engineering & operations research in healthcare 

The Fourth Annual Conference on Systems Engineering & Operations Research in Healthcare will take place Aug. 10-12 on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to join colleagues in discussion on how clinicians and SE/OR/OM practitioners and academics can collaborate to address the challenges faced by the health care industry to deliver patient care that is high quality, safe, effective and efficient, and affordable through the application of advanced analytical methods and tools. 


To see the conference brochure click here.



Helping a hospital shine

In an article previously published in Industrial Engineering magazine, industrial engineering researchers at Clemson University assisted Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, S.C., in a number of hospital-wide and service specific improvements resulting in increased efficiency.

To read the article click here (large file).



Purdue industrial engineering researchers investigate using surgeon hand gestures to improve surgery

Vision based recognition of hand gestures is being researched at Purdue University to control a robotic scrub nurse and access images during surgical cases. The research could lead to short case lengths and reduced infections according to the Purdue University News website.

To read the entire article click here


Lehigh University to offer professional master's degree in healthcare systems engineering

Lehigh University is partnering with leading healthcare providers to offer a 30-credit professional Masters degree in Healthcare Systems Engineering. The groundbreaking program covers the myriad of performance, cost and public welfare decisions involved in the delivery of safe, equitable, and cost-effective healthcare.


According to the NAE, Mayo Clinic, and others, there is a dire need for knowledgeable,technically-savvy systems thinkers trained to help healthcare providers reduce cost and complexity while improving treatment delivery and patient interaction.Lehigh's HSE program provides an understanding of the complexity of modern healthcare.


Students gain valuable experience in systems that will make healthcare more affordable, accessible, and patient-friendly.Research opportunities sponsored by the healthcare industry seek answers to real-world problems.


Lehigh is now accepting applications for Fall 2011 enrollment. The program is open to individuals with engineering, science, and business backgrounds and can be completed full-time in-residence or part-time online.


To find out more about the program click here.


Making an impact today - and tomorrow: Winner named for 2011 SHS endowed scholarship 

SHS is honored that Samantha Russell has been selected as the 2011 Society for Health System endowed scholarship recipient. The
Society for Health Systems offers a $1000 scholarship to undergraduate students pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare.
Samantha is currently pursuing a B.S. in Industrial Systems
Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.She plans on obtaining a Master's in Health Systems and pursuing a career in the healthcare industry with a focus on operations research and improving the healthcare industry using principles of industrial engineering.


 Comments from the scholarship judges included:


"A good essay and excellent and meaningful experience in the healthcare arena."


"And, of course, her academic record and recommendations were outstanding."   

SHS Scholarship Winner
      Samantha Russell      


This scholarship is hosted by Institute of Industrial Engineering Society for Health Systems whose members donate to this fund every year to facilitate the education of deserving student who would like to achieve higher education focused on systems engineering in healthcare.

The SHS Scholarship is funded by tax-deductible donations that ensure SHS members continue to lead healthcare improvement. Click here to donate.





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Tom Best

Eric Buchanan

Sara Falkiwicz

Alina Hsu

Aaron Kanne

Karthik Yenkto

Junell Scheeres

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