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August 2014 Society for Health Systems website

New for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015
      An exciting student simulation competition! Click here  for details
                     Sponsored by FlexSim Software Products, Inc.

Patient safety, patient satisfaction, and patient flow are all important elements of operational efficiency in the perioperative setting. Opportunities exist to improve patient safety, the coordination of care, minimize delays and wastes, increase operating room utilization, and enhance the perioperative experience for the patient and family, as well as the perioperative team members. This learning activity is intended to discuss ways to implement actions to optimize perioperative patient flow and operational efficiency with an emphasis on safe patient preparation, starting surgeries on time (first case starts), and room turnover.  

Healthcare Virtual Conference - Register by August 15 and SAVE! 


Though the conference is on August 20, there's still time to register and learn about best practices and trends in preparing healthcare organizations for the future. With no need to travel or take time away from the office, this virtual conference is the ideal professional development opportunity for the summer!


 Register by August 15 for just $99 and hear from experts discussing the challenges of healthcare reform, transitioning from volume-based to value-based care, engaging patients, big data and more.

Why should I attend? 

"With the ever-changing environment in healthcare currently, the Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future virtual conference highlights several of the key topics that healthcare professionals are facing. I am looking forward to several of the sessions as I think that they are timely in helping us address the healthcare issues of today. The slate of presenters is of the utmost quality as I have heard several of them, and they are truly outstanding." - Joyce T. Siegele, FACHE, DSHS, Director, Productivity Management at Northside Hospital


10 habits of successful process professionals 

Wondering how you can become a process professional with high impact in your organization? Here are ten (well, really eight) habits of successful process professionals.  Spoiler Alert: Focus on listening.  Listen to the business. Listen to your customers.  Listen to your employees.

Making process improvement 'stick'

Process improvements have become a main goal at hospitals, particularly as demands for greater efficiency in care delivery rise alongside care costs and pressures to improve outcomes. Hospitals can facilitate these improvements by first explaining to staff why the changes are necessary, then encouraging leaders to champion the improvements by tying their evaluations to the outcome, as well as ensuring staff and leaders have the skills necessary to achieve those goals.           

Last Call - Abstracts due August 8! 

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.

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

Hospital consolidations raise costs, reduce care quality

According to The Synthesis Project, an ongoing national study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hospital consolidation generally results in higher prices and a decline in care quality. A second study in the project concludes that for-profit hospitals are more likely to focus on highly profitable services than nonprofit hospitals.

Ensuring competition begins with transparency

"In theory, {healthcare} it's an environment ripe for collusion and imposition of market power-driven price increases on consumers, insurers and employers, who can be taken for a ride by dominant insurers blithely passing along price increases. In theory, excessive market power also squelches innovation and makes it difficult for new entrants to enter the market. Yet there's no evidence any of that is taking place. In fact, healthcare delivery appears to be at the dawn of new era of innovation that's helping drive down both volume and prices."

The life of a healthcare CIO: St. Bernards Healthcare's Mark Odom

As many IEs in Healthcare, Mark Odom started his career in manufacturing right out of college. He has found many valuable lessons from manufacturing that he now uses as the CIO of St. Benards Healthcare.

Healthcare's digital future: McKinsey & Company

Insights from the McKinsey & Company international survey can help your healthcare organizations plan your next moves in the journey toward full digitization. The authors believe the healthcare industry is on the cusp of a third wave of IT adoption and that now is the time for it to go all in on digital strategies. Understanding what patients want - and what is purely myth - can help pave the way.

New member with successful career: Tiffany Formby


The Society for Health Systems wants to highlight the successful career of Tiffany Formby. Tiffany is an associate in the Physician Solutions Group for Huron Consulting Group. She received her B.S. in industrial engineering in 2011 and M.S. in health systems in 2012, both from Georgia Tech.


To read Tiffany's profile, as well as those previously highlighted, visit the Members with Successful Careers section of the SHS website.


Newest item on the Gawande checklist: greater integration 


Dr. Atul Gawande has popularized the use of checklists to reduce errors and targeting the sickest and costliest patients as a way of holding down costs. But Monday, he ventured into new territory. In his keynote speech at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Annual Nation Institute, he challenged finance officers to help lead their organizations toward greater integration and assume financial risk for patient outcomes.


Retooling hospitals, one data point at a time


Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "When a car rolls off an assembly line, the automaker knows exactly what parts, labor and facilities cost. Not so in health care, and now some health executives are trying to change that. Although U.S. hospitals account for the single largest chunk of the nation's $2.7 trillion in health spending, few of them can say how much it actually costs them to care for every patient they admit. ... Today, the [University of] Utah health system is one of a handful in the nation with a data system that can track cost and quality for every one of its 26,000 patients. That data is shared with doctors and nurses for further input about ways to streamline cost and improve care."           


 Member Milestones
 June to August 2014!

Please join us in congratulating members for their continued years of 
service and membership in SHS

Last day to register! 

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Eddie Perez-Ruberte
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