SEMS website and blogs: Let's talk healthcare

In 2012, SEMS launched an initiative to become your preferred place for knowledge exchange and discussion about the engineering management topics critical to advancing your career, whether as a student, an academic, or a practitioner. This month, we feature discussions on healthcare quality and safety.

The progress cited in quality and safety literature during the past decade clearly shows improved understanding and advances in many aspects of healthcare delivery, including medication safety, health information technology, teamwork, patient safety culture, patient engagement, facilities design, clinical process redesign, simulation and training, and evidence-based tools.

However, in practice no one is entirely satisfied with the extent of progress. For the most part the progress has been made by innovative organizations and individuals and not by industry as a whole. Further efforts are needed in order to better integrate improvements into the fabric and structure of clinical work.

To help you better understand what and how improvement can be integrated into the fabric and structure of clinical work, the SEMS website and blogs are dedicated to supply you with references and expert opinions regarding the current and future states of healthcare delivery. Give it a look! Go to SEMS blog ( and click on the “Healthcare” category.

Lukasz Mazur, Ph.D. provides a number of updates on developments in the healthcare industry. Marianne Jackson, M.D. reflects on leadership and respect for healthcare coworkers. Lawrence Marks, M.D. provides an expert opinion on the topic of personalized medicine and contrasts it with Lean Healthcare concepts. Prithima Mosaly, Ph.D. talks about the risk of cross-coverage (or handoffs) in a clinical setting and offers potential solutions for improvement.

More information is available to you, as we have 32 excellent leaders covering almost two dozen topics ranging across the Engineering Management body of knowledge ( We recommend that you not only visit and read our blogs, but also encourage you to provide comments, post questions, and perhaps even more importantly, to challenge our topic leaders to create innovative concepts that can help our society perpetuate to the 21st century.

Future expansion will focus on building individual websites for the topic leader. This will allow topic leaders to regularly update references to keep you up to date with newest books, journal publications, and conference proceeding articles. Also, we plan to add additional topics, such as marketing, economics, action/case study research methods, as well as emergent topics, such as disaster management and/or globalization. If you are interested in becoming a topic leader, please contact Lukasz Mazur at