Society for Health Systems Newsletter

March 2014
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Katie Scholl, North Dakota State University, Winner of the 2014 SHS Scholarship! 
       Thank you Parallon Workforce Solutions - Sponsor  

Use of Lean and Six Sigma methodology to improve operating room efficiency in a high-volume tertiary-care academic medical center

Researchers applied Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to improve OR efficiency. Multidisciplinary teams addressed minimizing volume variation; streamlining the preoperative process; reducing non-operative time; eliminating redundant information; and promoting employee engagement. 

Discharge toolkit for patients with atrial fibrillation

Urgent Matters and the American College of Emergency Physicians have developed a discharge toolkit to expedite appropriate care for patients with atrial fibrillation.

New SHS Diplomates!  

SHS is delighted to honor the following members as Diplomates. Congratulations! We are proud to recognize you with this elite status for your many contributions to IE and healthcare community!

Lesley Strawderman
Robert G. Gift

Dan France

 Find more about other SHS Diplomates and application process here

This is a summary presentation of one year results from a project at Mayo Clinic in Florida aimed at improving the operational performance of a hospital's operating rooms by assessing and managing variability. The changes resulted in a 5 per cent increase in OR utilization and net revenue and a 27 percent reduction in overtime. These data were also published in the June 2013 Journal of The American College of Surgeons.
The Daily Rx summarizes on a study led by Jeremiah D. Schuur, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, to reduce excess utilization and costs in the Emergency Department.
New video: Understanding control charts

IHI Executive Director of Performance Improvement, Bob Lloyd, Ph.D. has been teaching the science of improvement all over the world for more than 20 years. The IHI Open School has compiled a series of short "whiteboard" videos in which Lloyd breaks down the core concepts of improvement science. The latest addition to the series is a two-part video on understanding control charts.
This article in Pharmacy Purchasing & Products describes a strategic framework for controlling and reducing costs in hospital pharmacies based on work done at Riverside Health System in Virginia.

This paper is a case study of work done at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, to improve interventional radiology throughput with the main objective of reducing patient wait times and avoiding costly capital investment.
John Hansmann receives 2014 SHS President's Service Award  



John Hansmann is the recipient of the 2014 SHS President's Service Award.The success of the Society for Health Systems is largely dependent on the volunteer efforts of its members. This award is meant to recognize on an annual basis an individual who has contributed above and beyond the normal call of duty to the vitality of the society and to the advancement of its strategic plan and aspiration. 


This is the highest award given annually by the Society.

SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Management Engineering and Process Improvement Award goes to Pauline Hogan-Byom

Congratulations to Pauline Hogan-Byom, recipient of the 2014 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Management Enginering and Process Improvement Award. Pauline's impact to SHS was recognized when she was named a "25th Anniversary Honored Member." She served as the chair of the HIMSS Management Engineering and Process Improvement Committee and continues to be involved with the Quality and Patient Safety Committee. She was instrumental in restarting the joint SHS/HIMSS reception during Annual Conference and actively encourages collaboration between the two organizations.

SHS 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner & Posters of Excellence Winners 


The 2014 SHS Graduate Student Paper Competition is sponsored by

the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery

 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. 


Posters of Excellence Award Winners


Standardized Work: Only You Can Prevent Workplace Fires by

Marti Jordan, East Tennessee Children's Hospital


Applications for Real Time Location System Technology in the Operating Room by Susan Seidensticker, University of Texas Medical Branch


Analysis of Real Time Hospital Needs and RFID Benefits by

Hulya Yazici, Florida Gulf Coast University


Integrating Interventions in CPOEs to Reduce Laboratory Test Request Errors by Gouri Prakash, CitiusTech Inc


Call for papers and presentations - Healthcare Applications Track
2014 Winter Simulation Conference in Savannah, GA

Click here for submittal information and overview of the Track

SHS Member Milestones 

Congratulations! Please join us in congratulating members for their Orange thank you continued service and membership with the Society for Health Systems


View members who have completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of January 2014.

Thanks! SHS Newsletter Team
Swati Verma | Amanda Baty | Tze ChaoChiam | Lauren Milne | Bart Sellers, interim editor


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