Healthcare Labor Management Online On-Demand

In this training course, learn the critical aspects of designing and executing a comprehensive labor management program for your health facility at your own pace.

Health Systems by William “Ike” Eisenhauer

My last column for ISE magazine will be the one I have wanted to write since the beginning. Imagine a healthcare system where the primary care provider assigned to a patient is a nurse.

Enter simulation competition now

For a limited time you can still enter the 4th Annual Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference (HSPI) Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim. Enter today to solve real-world healthcare process challenges!



Lean Training: Belts Don’t Convey Mastery & Absence Doesn’t Indicate Ignorance by Laura Silvoy
An individual looking to expand their knowledge of lean faces many choices today. There are books and blogs to read, webinars to watch, podcasts to follow, and training courses to attend. Choosing where to spend limited time and resources can quickly become overwhelming. Additional factors can make this decision more difficult, including a saturated market lacking standardization, the idea that belts don’t necessarily convey mastery, and the fact that experience, not belts, makes great lean practitioners.

Performing a quick internet search will show thousands of lean training programs that currently exist. Some are offered online; others, in person. Some require weeks of study; others, a few days. Some combine the methods of lean and Six Sigma; others focus on only lean. Some involve project work; others are entirely course work. As more industries embraced the methodologies of lean, the number of profession-specific training programs grew rapidly, saturating the market with a variety of training programs having little in common. Read more here.

What Does It Mean to Have a "Lean Management System"?
Nate Hurle from the Cleveland Clinic writes about their visit to Intermountain Health to learn about their Lean Management System, what they mean by a "management method," and the difference between "management by objectives" and a lean style of leadership.
Read the article here.


Are you interested in getting involved with the Society for Health Systems (SHS) but are not sure how?  We have multiple opportunities for involvement starting with our seven committees and our monthly newsletter.  I am very excited with what we have in store for this year, but for SHS to be successful we need your help!  Below are the committees and their corresponding chairs.  Please reach out to the committee(s) that you are most interested in.

Committee Descriptions:

Student Committee: Offers insights to students on healthcare industrial engineering careers including bios of members with successful careers, virtual webinars, and mentoring programs.  Guides the organization on activities and opportunities for student members. 
Young/Early Career Professionals Committee: Serves as a conduit to help student members transition to career professionals.  Creates a networking opportunity including mentoring and webinars.  Guides the organization on activities and opportunities for young professional and early career members. 
Experienced Professionals Committee: Ensures effective processes related to the Diplomate program.  Guides the organization on activities and opportunities for experienced professional members. 
Conference Committee: Plans and coordinates the annual Society for Health Systems' Healthcare Systems Process Improvement (HSPI) Conference.  HSPI 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.
Communications Committee: Actively engages members and nonmembers through social media and other forms of communication.  Manages the monthly newsletter, improves the organizational brand, and creates consistent messaging.  
Education Committee: Supports the educational webinars focused on relevant and timely topics that are important to our members.  Manages the Lean Coffee Events that connect Society for Health Systems members in local cities (i.e., Atlanta, Knoxville, Birmingham, etc.)
Academic Committee: Connection between the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and the Society for Health Systems.  Supports members who work in academia with relation to publications, research, mentorship, and student involvement.   Newsletter: If you are interested in submitting articles or writing articles for the newsletter, please contact the editor. 

Conference Highlights: Interactive Methods to Teach Continuous Improvement 

HSPIC 2017

The need to provide an interactive environment where students learn and practice methodology in real-time is of great importance to increase continuous improvement capability. Veteran Affairs Sunshine Network tackled this challenge by incorporating a Lego simulation into their lean Six Sigma training. Through the simulation exercise, students can learn about process variability and how to develop standard work. The full presentation detailing how curriculum was developed and implemented can be found here.

With a similar goal of enhancing participants' understanding of waste, Babeu Space in collaboration with Cimar Lab (an industrial engineering research group at Polytechnique Montreal) implemented a waste game mimicking Monopoly. Scenario setup of the waste game and other game environment applications of continuous improvement can be found under here.

Save the Date!
Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2018
Join us February 21-23, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, for the best insights into efficient healthcare delivery with high quality outcomes!

Call for Paper: Special Issue for Health Informatics, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
Health informatics is a multidisciplinary field that uses health information technology to improve healthcare on its effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and quality. Health informatics bridges information technology, computer science, statistics, data analytics, management science, systems engineering, social science and other fields to improve the healthcare workflow, enable better clinical processes, support decision making, identify patients risk, and provide information to enhance patient safety and quality.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their completed or ongoing original work related to the health informatics field in this special issue. Click  here for topics.

IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering – A Forum to Bridge Research and Healthcare Practices
IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering is an official journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Our journal publishes research motivated by the challenging problems related to healthcare systems. It aims to foster the healthcare systems community by bringing research papers that have a strong methodological focus and direct applicability to healthcare systems to the audience. Currently, we publish papers in one of four categories: Healthcare Operations Management, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Decision Making and Socio-Technical Systems Analysis. Read more .