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The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2018 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; exhibitors with products and services to help you meet your quality, process and project goals; poster sessions; and presentations by student paper competition winners.

You will leave this conference rejuvenated and filled with fresh ideas you can put to use immediately. Take the best and re-energize your career with new ways to address your most challenging issues. The conference program is sure to provide you with countless ideas and solutions that translate into improved efficiency, productivity, quality and competitiveness for your organization.

 Sessions will be presented in the following topics: 

 Process Improvement: Track will include presentations on application and education related to tools such as lean six sigma and lean to improve healthcare processes, improvement quality outcomes, remove waste, and deliver value to customers. Change Management: Presentations in this track will focus on identifying, advancing and synthesizing knowledge about organizational change for successful implementation, adaptation and sustainability of process improvements in healthcare.

 Leadership and Change Management: Given the unprecedented challenges and change facing the healthcare industry, it is not enough to just apply the tools and methods. The role of leaders at all levels, and our ability to influence and lead change becomes more critical. This track focuses on the importance of leadership and change management and the role of management engineering professionals in defining, influencing and executing corporate organizational transformation or formulating unique and innovative value propositions for organizations.

 Operations Research: Presentations in this track will focus on optimization of patient flow through the care delivery system by reducing patient wait time, optimizing staff, making better capacity planning decisions, scheduling, designing better facilities, etc., using advanced analytics tools and methods such as forecasting, mathematical programming, system dynamics, simulation or other operation research tools.

 Quality and Safety: Presentations will focus on interventions that improve quality and safety in healthcare through translating evidence into practice.

 Research: This track will primarily focus on presentations from academia on use of existing or newly developed industrial engineering tools and methods and their applications in health and healthcare.

 Human Factors:The track will focus on the applications of human factor engineering and ergonomics in development of equipment, information technology or understanding of the clinical staff psychology for patient safety and improved care delivery.

 Potpourri: Broad category that could include any other topic that hasn't been captured like supply chain, human factor engineering, cost reduction, big data analytics, cost reduction, EMER/EHR workflow, etc.

 Expert Panel Discussions: Panel discussions moderated by a facilitator with subject matter experts discussing a wide variety of healthcare systems engineering topics ranging from role of management engineering teams or preparing the next generation healthcare systems engineers or ACOs. The moderator will facilitate the discussion on a certain topic between a panel of subject matter experts or practitioners or academicians.

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