Society for Health Systems Newsletter
November 2015 Society for Health Systems website


Registration is now open for HSPIC 2016

Register online today for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2016, Feb. 17-19 at the Hilton-Americas in Houston. This annual event is your source for the latest in operational and quality improvement tools, methods and concepts such as lean, Six Sigma, productivity, benchmarking, simulation and project management. The conference program will include pre-conference workshops; educational sessions; ample networking events and opportunities; and exhibitors with products and services to help you meet your quality, process and project goals.

Getting Rid of "Never Events" in Hospitals

To achieve meaningful patient safety reform and reduce preventable "never events," the healthcare industry must reassess the way it measures medical mistakes to get a more accurate picture of the extent of the errors, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post.
Patient safety is an ongoing concern in hospitals and health systems, especially with the revelation that medical errors are the nation's third-leading cause of death. However, rates of never events have seen little apparent progress, due in large part to flawed measurement processes, wrote Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D., chief patient safety officer at the Mayo Clinic, and Charles M. Harper, M.D., the clinic's executive dean for practice.

Mayo has taken several steps to monitor patient safety in a way that sidesteps these flaws, according to the authors. For example, the clinic analyzes every step in the care process for patients who die under its care, even in cases when death was the expected outcome, creating quarterly metrics for recurring care issues or opportunities for improvement.

SHS Scholarship-Deadline December 1! 

Sponsored by 
Parallon Workforce Solutions
This scholarship is available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided the school's industrial engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an agency or organization recognized by IIE, and the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare.Learn more

The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. The recipient will also receive complimentary registration to the SHS annual conference and a travel stipend ($300).

Turning Value-Based Health Care into a Real Business Model

Come learn more about now to value based care at 2016 conference.
Why should health systems start making the shift now to "value-based" care when so much payment still occurs on a fee-for-service basis? This question is answered in a new article by Intermountain's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, and her coauthor, Thomas H. Lee, M.D., chief medical officer at Press Ganey Associates.
The New IOM Reports on Access to Care and Diagnostic Error: Opportunities for Industrial Engineers
Presented by Healthcare Systems Process 
Improvement (HSPI) Conference
OPEN TO ALL           
 Nov. 17 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: James Benneyan, Ph.D., director, Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, Northeastern University

Improving Hospital Operational Efficiency Through Data-Driven Management
Dec. 8 | 2 p.m. Eastern time 
Presenter: William Griffith, vice president of business process, Jackson Health System
As industrial engineers in healthcare, we know "data-driven" may be the business buzzword of the century thus far. Today, clinical choices, strategic decisions, and even your personal preferences are all expected to be data-driven.
Meet SHS's new Diplomate, Isaac Mitchell. Isaac is Director of Lean Continuous Improvement at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 12 years' experience driving change utilizing lean methodologies in organizations ranging from automotive to small machining job shops to healthcare organization. Focus is on implementing lean techniques to transform work cultures that improve processes and outcomes. Background in training, coaching, and empowering employees in daily continuous improvement. Collaborates with all levels of the organization in a caring and compassionate way to understand the current condition and develop solutions to complex problems.
Diplomate status in the society is awarded to recognize professional members for their contributions to the Society for Health Systems and to the healthcare industry. Advancement is not simply to acknowledge years of membership in the Society. The emphasis is placed on honoring members who provide substantial service to the Society and to the greater healthcare community. Individuals advanced to Diplomate status are leaders within the society implying not only recognition for past contributions but also the expectation of continuing participation and contributions to the Society and the healthcare community.
Any member wishing to advance to Diplomate status should download the application form and follow the process here:
View all honorees here.

Medication errors occur in half of surgeries, MGH study finds

Medication errors or unintended drug side effects occurred in about half of all surgeries done at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) within an eight-month period, according to a study conducted at the world-renowned healthcare organization. While the research was conducted on procedures that took place at MGH, it indicates that similar failures happen at hospitals around the country.

Notably, one-third of the medical errors identified in the MGH study had a negative impact on patient care, while the remainder had the potential to cause an adverse event, concluded researchers in the hospital's anesthesiology department who observed 277 procedures there. Previous studies, in contrast, have found these types of errors to be incredibly rare.

SHS Newsletter Team
Lauren Milne
Lauren Todd
Bart Sellers
Eddie Perez-Ruberte
Kendall Sanderson
Panjal Shah
Ajay Jayakumar
Colleen Park
Lavana Ragavan

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