Society for Health Systems Newsletter
July 2014 Society for Health Systems website
SHS is proud to recognize these members for their recent achievements and professional milestones
 Muhanad Hirzallah, PhD/Bio  -   Susan Seidensticker/Bio  -  Charles DeBusk/Bio  - Rudy Santacroce/Bio

On May 29, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Barack Obama that identifies a comprehensive set of recommendations, including the implementation of systems engineering, to address cost and quality challenges in healthcare.


An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition!!!

Sponsored by FlexSim Software Products, Inc.


Entries are now being accepted for the SHS Student Simulation Competition. Gather a team of four students to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!  


Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Orlando, Fla., at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Feb. 18 - 20, 2015. The winning team will be announced at the conference.  Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, certificates and cash awards. For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition web page.


Entry forms are due no later than Sept. 30, 2014. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards".


Contact Bonnie Cameron at or (770) 449-0461, ext. 105, with questions. Thank you.

What's the difference between 'cost' and 'cost'?

Virtually everybody, from CMS to veteran muckraker Steven Brill, argues that healthcare costs are too high- but which costs are they really talking about? It's often hard to tell. After cracking his dusty business school textbooks and making the rounds of his finance experts, Michael Koppenheffer can tell you for certain what the problem is: People are talking about no fewer than six different types of "costs." Michael Koppenheffer outlines these six types of costs in an infographic.

Practice Fusion launches free real-time database

Cloud-based electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion has launched a continuously updated database of de-identified patient information.


After months of anticipation, Apple recently unveiled its new health app - its cloud-based information platform known as "HealthKit," and a slew of new partnerships with Epic Systems, Mayo Clinic and a number of other hospitals.

The open question: Will Apple's big play for the health care market end up changing the industry - and if so, how soon?

Submit your abstract for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 

Submit your abstract now for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 - sponsored by the Society for Health Systems, Feb. 18-20 at The Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Share your success story, share your knowledge, and energize the attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses and methodologies to improve healthcare operations.

We are accepting abstract proposals for poster and oral presentations on multiple topics related to healthcare systems. The oral presentations can be 20, 50, or 100 minutes in duration based on the topic.  

Click here for a list of topics and a link to the submission site

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare had a nurse retention problem. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of the system's nurses left within the first year, and a growing number were leaving before the 90-day mark. 

ASCO to help cancer docs evaluate treatment value

The American Society of Clinical Oncology's algorithm to help oncologists evaluate the clinical benefits, side effects and costs of a cancer drug or therapy will be fine-tuned over the summer and should be available for public comment by the fall, said Dr. Lowell Schnipper, chair of the society's Value in Cancer Care Task Force. 

Online reviews could help fix medicine

The University of Utah was the first healthcare system to post reviews from patients online - the good, the bad, the ugly. Think of it as Yelp for doctors. This sort of transparency can be stressful for doctors - as it would be for anyone whose performance is open to the public - but the positive effects are undeniable. 

Some virtual events you just don't want to miss! This  is one of them!

Gain knowledge on the current key issues that healthcare organizations are facing, and learn what is being done to solve them. This one-day virtual conference will provide unique insights and tools to help healthcare organizations navigate the field's most pressing issues, including the Affordable Care Act, change management, value-based purchasing, big data and process improvement.

Sessions include exploration of innovation culture, emotional intelligence, big data, challenges of healthcare reform, transition from volume to value-based patient care and more. Register now

Upcoming webinar

Quest for Healthcare Value: Combining DMAIC and ISO 9001  
Aug. 7 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Stephen R. Mayfield, Ph.D., chief quality officer, Central Georgia Health System

As payers continue to compress reimbursements, and providers experience increasing operational costs, Healthcare Organizations are looking for solutions. Participants in the session will see an organizational assessment instrument; will understand how to get management involved in process improvement; and understand how the marriage of Six Sigma DMAIC and ISO 9001 support the achievement of higher value in the marketplace.

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