Society for Health Systems Newsletter
May 2014 Society for Health Systems website
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SHS State of the Society

This presentation by Todd Schneider, immediate past president, reports on the SHS vision, goals and strategies this past year and how the society is doing in membership, scholarship funds, conference attendance. Also reports on Recognition and Awards.


SHS Year in Review

The Society for Health Systems utilizes our Business Meeting at the annual conference to review the "state of the society." For those that were unable to attend, here is a "year in review."

Clemson University I.E. department researcher focuses on patient safety initiatives

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs.

Upcoming webinar

Data Driven Approach to Enhancing Efficiency and Value in Healthcare

June 24 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Atul Vats, M.D., pediatric intensivist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

The webinar will focus on projects that have improved efficiency, optimized resources, and improved satisfaction of stakeholders in the intensive care unit in this era of advancing technology and the introduction of the electronic medical record.

ER Wait Watcher - Which emergency room will see you the fastest? 

The PRO Publica website shows current and average wait and service times for most hospitals in the U.S. and roll-ups by state. How does your hospital stack up?

Improving patient safety through provider communication strategy enhancements

This paper published by AHRQ details several strategies and tactics to improve provider communication at Denver Health, an acute care hospital. Among the several topics described is an SBAR process used by nursing to escalate patient issues to attending physicians.

How big data helped cut emergency room visits by 10 percent

Starting in 2012, Washington emergency rooms began tracking patients in a mandatory, statewide database as part of an effort to supply the necessary health information to divert patients from trips to emergency rooms for non-urgent problems. Nathan Schlicher, M.D., an ER doctor who serves on the board of the Washington State Medical Association, said the Emergency Department Information Exchange has given hospitals a way to monitor patients and keep hospitals up-to-date regarding patients' health records.

Good accounting augments systems engineering

Accounting system design in healthcare facilities should provide data that help systems engineers increase productivity and decrease cost in order to better compete on price.

The Seven Tenets of Healthcare Process Improvement

In this presentation, Lou Keller calls on 45 years of experience dealing with every manner of healthcare planning, management, design, control and implementation problem, to paint a compelling and entertaining picture, not just of the critical differences between healthcare and all other management systems, but how to use an in-depth understanding and appreciation of those differences to achieve continual and lasting healthcare process improvement.

SHS 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winners

(left to right) Serpil Mutlu, Rachel J. Miller and Conference Chair, Karl Kraebber
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.
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