Snapshots from HSPI 2018

See HSPI 2018 Conference Chair Bianca Garcia and many other healthcare systems professionals enjoying the annual event by viewing the photo album. Prep for 2019: Feb. 20-22 in San Antonio, Texas! #HSPI2019

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.

Six Sigma sticks patients less

A Georgia hospital uses Six Sigma to improve and standardize the blood culture collection process to decrease contamination rates.


HSPI 2018

A Message from the President - Dean Athanassiades

This month I'd like to tell you about our social media platform at IISE Connect. Our society has its own content located at: We have 1011 members (as of this writing on Sept. 3). Our SHS community on IISE Connect is a great place to engage in discussions with other members of SHS, get the perspective of peers on a broad variety of topics, and even access the current and past issues of this newsletter. Discussions in just the past week have included healthcare lean certifications and hospitalist generalist rounding. I invite you to join me in our SHS community.

New Diplomate!

Congratulations to Aaron Kanne on his successful advancement to Diplomate status within the SHS Society. He is recognized for providing service to the Society and to the greater healthcare community. He can now proudly add the initials DSHS after his name on all official correspondence. Join us in welcoming Aaron!

Election Time is Here!

The SHS Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for two dynamic directors whose terms will begin March 1, 2019. All nominees must be current, regular members of SHS. Students are not eligible.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to serve your society in a significant way. If not you, then perhaps someone you know is qualified to take a leadership position on the SHS Board. It is so very important to fill the outgoing positions with those that have a commitment to healthcare. Participating in a leadership role for the society is a challenging, yet at the same time, very rewarding experience. Each year, we attempt to maintain a broad distribution of board members with a balance between academic, industry and government representation.

The position is a three-year commitment with fantastic opportunities to network and give back to the profession. Generally the time commitment is three to five hours per month - about half of the time is during traditional business hours - with the term beginning March 1, 2019. Interested candidates or nominators should complete the nomination form by Oct. 6, 2018, for consideration by the SHS Nominating Committee. Take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague to Kathy Gamboa at IISE Headquarters.

Contact Ashley Benedict, nominating committee chair, if you have questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a Society leadership position.

Society for Health Systems Scholarship

Sponsored by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided: 1) the school's industrial engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an agency or organization recognized by IISE; and 2) the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 15. Click here to read more.

New SHS Board Members Elected

The SHS Elections for 2018 resulted in the election of two new members of the SHS Board of Directors and three Ad Hoc board members. Join us in congratulating each of them in their new role! Click on each board member's name for additional information.

IISE Connect

IISE Connect allows IISE members to easily interact and communicate online, empowering you to have better access to your member benefits.

Newsletters are now available in one spot to allow you easy access and frequent reference. Newsletters will be placed in the SHS connect community, click here to view the community page.

Follow this How-To Guide and log-in to the SHS Member Community page on IISE connect to view the latest member discussions and contribute your thoughts.

Current discussions include:

  • Value Stream Mapping Tools: Neal Moriconi has asked the community for insight on VSM tools outside of Visio
  • Feedback on SHS Impact in Your Career: The Young Professionals committee is collecting member thoughts on how SHS has impacted your career and why it is important to remain active in the society
  • Growing your Fixed Mindset to Achieve Success: Aaron Kanne recently read the book Mindset by Carol Dweck and has some thoughts on how the fixed vs. growth mindset concepts can be applied to the Industrial Engineering profession

Virtual Career Fair - Sept. 26

Grow your network and get leads for open job positions at the IISE Student Virtual Career Fair on Sept.26. IISE student members can upload their resumés, browse current job openings with leading employers and chat one-on-one with recruiters to advance their job search. IISE professional members can host a booth for their organization and connect immediately with interested, talented students who are actively seeking job opportunities in the field. Mark your calendars and register for the IISE Student Virtual Career Fair today!

Are you an IISE Corporate Partner? Your organization gets a free booth at the IISE Student Virtual Career Fair!

Please join our upcoming webinars

Whetting your Appetite ("Aperitivo"): All you Need to Know about Industry 4.0

Presented by Columbus, OH Chapter, CISE and Manufacturing & Design Division  
Oct. 11, 12 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: D. Scott Sink, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Jack Feng, Commercial Vehicle Group, Curt Burnett, John Deere and Paul Cohen, NC State
More information and registration

From Engineer to Leader

Presented by IISE Training
Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Timothy J. Greene, Ph.D., professor, Western Michigan University
More information and registration

Click here to see all upcoming IISE webinars.


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 eight committees and our monthly newsletter. We are 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 if you are interested in helping a committee or have a question please send a note to Elizabeth Gentry at

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.

Awards Committee: Organizes the recognition of prominent SHS members, including Diplomates, annual awards, conference recognition and competitions.

Call for Paper: Special Issue for health informatics, IISE 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.