Society for Health Systems Newsletter
January 2012Visit the Society for Health Systems web site

New members elected to SHS Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming the newly elected members of the SHS Board of Directors! 

Todd Schneider | Profile 

Director 2012-2014
Ralph Franco

Directors 2012-2015

Rudy Santacroce | Profile

Joyce Siegele | Profile

Undergraduates at Worcester Polytechnic Institute reduce missing medications at VA Hospital


Undergraduates Joshua Wimble, Kristine DeSotto, Casey Krawic, and Zachary Theoharidis at WPI completed a project as part of their graduate requirements resulting in a reduction of missing medications at the West Roxbury campus of the VA Hospital. To read the final paper click here

Standarizing patient care to improve outcomes in cardiac surgery

In this presentation at the 2011 Healthcare Process Improvement Conference, Christian Rizzo of OhioHealth describes a system-wide effort to reduce sternal wound infection by leveraging lean tools such as standard work, process maps, daily gemba walks and performance metrics. OhioHealth was able to standardize care using evidenced-based practices extending from the doctors' offices to case management.
This presentation demonstrates how lean tools are utilized and describes how the system was able to sustain a reduction in infections of more than 60%. 

A human factors perspective of information flow in healthcare

This paper presented at the 2011 SHS conference by Sandra Garrett, Clemson University, and Ashley Benedict, Purdue University; describes a human factors perspective of information flows based on the increasing complexity in health care. The presenters introduce a novel model for addressing this complexity and demonstrate application of the model with a case study in an outpatient prescribing process.
Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference
Feb. 18-21, 2012 | The Mirage Hotel | Las Vegas, Nev.  


Save $$$! Early registration deadline is January 23 | Register now 

The healthcare industry is in crisis, struggling with skyrocketing costs, poor quality, nursing shortages and employee dissatisfaction. But these problems are merely symptoms of deeper issues inherent in the system. If you are responsible for tackling these problems and advancing healthcare systems, the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is for you. Learn more 

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Joint SHS & ME/PI Community Reception 
Conference attendees from both SHS and HIMSS ME/PI are invited to attend a joint reception immediately following the Monday Keynote presentation by David W. Roberts, vice president, government relations, HiMSS. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from both societies. 

Join us February 20th from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom GH room at The Mirage Hotel.

Introduction to blogging


In this article, SHS Communications Committee Chair, Alina Hsu, provides an introduction to blogging, describes how SHS members can become involved in the SHSBlog, and how to access the SHS blog for new readers.

 The Leadership Development Committee


SHS President-elect, Jean Ann Larson, describes the mission of the Leadership Development Committee and how members can become involved in SHS leadership activities in this article.

Outstanding SHS Member of the Month: John Templin  

                                                                                                John Templin
John has served as the Board appointed Treasurer of SHS through 3 Presidents' terms. Though he is exoficio he always volunteers to serve on committees and help in any way that he can.


Most recently John volunteered for the SHS By-Laws committee. After the committee had rewritten the policy, he volunteered to help assemble the operations manual which will serve as the organization's memory of the various processes and procedures employed by the Society. This work was above and beyond the call of duty and helped us complete a full revision of the By-Laws and the creation of of an operation manual including policies and procedures in record time
If you have been an SHS member for more than 5 years why aren't you a SHS Diplomate?"  
Individuals advanced to Diplomate status are leaders within the society implying not only recognition for past contributions but also the expectation of continuing participation and contributions to the Society and the healthcare community. The application only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Click here for more information and application form.
Thanks! SHS Newsletter Team
Tom Best | Eric Buchanan | Junell Scheeres
Bart Sellers, Interim Editor
Now recruiting SHS Newsletter volunteers!
The SHS Newsletter team is looking for volunteers to increase the quality, breadth, and depth of the monthly SHS Newsletter. Volunteers can fill many roles including identifying content, coordinating announcements from the other SHS committees, soliciting submissions, and generating original content. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, contact Bart Sellers, SHS Newsletter Editor.
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