Society for Health Systems Newsletter
April 2014 Society for Health Systems website
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.

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.

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.

Upcoming webinar
Title:Using Six Sigma & Lean Tools to Reduce 30-Day Readmission Rates

Date/Time: April 24 | 2 p.m. Eastern time 

Presenters: Derek Murray, P.E., CSSBB and Roque Perez-Velez, P.E., DSHS, Management Engineering Consulting


The discharge process is defined as the transition to the next level of care. It incorporates actions on the day of admission, the days between the admission and discharge, the day of discharge, and after discharge. The presentation describes the process of how the presenters used Six Sigma and lean tools to facilitate a cross functional group in developing a standardized discharge process throughout the different stages of a patient's care at the hospital.


More information and registration

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.


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.

Tarun Mohan Lal named IIE's "New Face of Engineering" for 2014


We are proud to announce Tarun Mohan Lal, one of the very active members of Society for Health Systems, was selected to be IIE's representative for 2014 New Faces of Engineering by DiscoverE. The news was recently published in USA Today during Engineers Week in February.  

Congratulations, Tarun! We are glad to have you support our Society efforts.

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.

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.


May 31 - June 3 | Palais des Congrés de Montreal, Canada


Be a part of the largest industrial and systems engineering event of the yearWe look forward to seeing you in Montreal. The conference program comprises two types of sessions: Applied Solutions, which showcases proven solutions and applications from industry; and the Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), which features research from academic scholars and industry experts.


Act now. Early-bird registration ends April 6. Register now and save up to $170!

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.

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

SHS Member Milestones


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


Orange thank you

We appreciate your service and commitment to improving the health systems and sharing your knowledge with the community. We look forward to working with you for many more years with the society. 


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

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


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Six Sigma Green Belt For Healthcare


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