Society for Health Systems Newsletter
June 2014 Society for Health Systems website

Freestanding Emergency Departments

This white paper from the New York State Department of Health describes operational differences between freestanding emergency department and urgent care centers and gives pros and cons compared with hospital-based emergency departments.


USC Students team up with Eisenhower Hospital to tackle inefficiency


In a "Spring Break Practicum" program, industrial and systems engineering students from USC conducted an intense week of student-led projects resulting in improving efficiency in hospital operations.


In chapter 25 of the AHRQ Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, researchers make the case that there are currently no good methods for optimizing nurse staffing because of the lack of precise measurement systems and uncontrolled environmental factors. A conclusion not put forward is that eliminating impediments to care such as waste and delays should be the focus of improvement activities for nursing care.

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.

Using RFID to Enhance Patient Flow and Care Team Coordination 

Discover how the University of Wisconsin Health Digestive Health Center has designed and implemented a system using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that connects people and enhances service to patients and each other. This presentation will address the technical, operational and human considerations of developing and implementing the new technology.



Ellis Medicine's Lean Team realized this with their Specimen Collection Work List, a tool to ensure labs were drawn/collected in a timely manner to meet doctor orders. The tool was not used, and more than 6 percent of labs were being missed risking patient care. The solution to the problem was to engage the nursing staff in review and update the tool using a virtual 5S process.

New studies show broad inpatient utilization declines in Boston, Newark, and Indianapolis areas


Inpatient utilization dropped among most age groups and services lines between 2010 and 2012 in Eastern Massachusetts, Newark and Central Indiana, according to new studies conducted of these markets by Tufts Medical Center in Boston; Barnabas Health in West Orange, New Jersey; and Community Health Network in Indianapolis. The studies show a broad-based transition underway from an inpatient-focused to an outpatient-focused healthcare system.

SHS Newsletter Team
Lauren Milne
 Bart Sellers
Eddie Perez-Ruberte
Kendall Sanderson
Pranjal Shah 
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