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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.


A Message from the President - Dean Athanassiades

In the SHS Strategic Plan, we have three strategic priorities: engagement, development and branding. This month I'd like to talk about branding.

Branding is the message that our Society wants to communicate about our organization and our members. Branding is not something that is expressed in words. In fact, the world's best brands are successful through the feelings the brand triggers (okay, I know "feelings" is a word that makes many engineers uncomfortable). Brand can be a promise. Brand can stand for values and priorities.

At SHS, we want people to think of us as an organization that is a home for people that are passionate about improving the delivery of healthcare through the application of scientific and engineering methods like continuous improvement and systems thinking. We want our members to feel that SHS is their professional home for networking and development. We want others to see SHS as that organization that can fill that gap in their professional experience.

Each of us has the opportunity to help build the SHS brand by telling others, formally and informally about what we do, as a Society, and as individuals. And how membership in SHS can help others achieve their professional goals.

As an example, several of our SHS members are putting on a 1-day workshop, " Strategic Process Improvement: Applying Lean & Six-Sigma Tools and Techniques to Achieve Organizational Excellence," on Monday, Feb. 11 in Orlando as part of the 2019 HIMSS Conference. You can tell from the title that the content is all about topics relevant to the work that members of SHS do in their jobs. It is likely that many of the attendees haven't heard about SHS or the benefits that SHS offers to people interested in such a topic. These are great opportunities to tell others about the benefits of SHS and to promote the SHS brand.

I encourage each of you to seek out opportunities to tell others about SHS – 1-to-1, in small groups, in workshops, and everywhere else you can.

SHS Annual Business Meeting: Nov. 14, 2 p.m. Eastern Time

SHS president Dean Athanassiades and president-elect Isaac Mitchell will be sharing the state of the society in our annual business meeting which will be held as a webinar. Please join them as they celebrate the past successes of the year and highlight upcoming activities for SHS members.

More information and registration

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!

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

Please join our upcoming webinars

Lean in Healthcare - A Personal and Professional Journey 
Presented by HPSI Conference Committee and SHS   
Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter:  Elizabeth Warner, M.D., founder, Warner Well Being LLC 
More information and registration

Health Sport vs. Industry "Athletes": Physical Demands and Injury Prevention Methodologies
Presented by Applied Ergonomics Conference Committee  
Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Brock Anderson, founder and principle consultant, ergo-ology
More information and registration

The ISE Role in Service Systems Engineering: Service 4.0 Overview, Digital Transformation in Healthcare and Enterprise Shared Service
Presented by Chapter #1, CISE, SHS, SEMS and IAB
Nov. 6, 12 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: Vittal Prabhu, Penn State University; Michael Caesar, University Health Network; David Poirier, The Poirier Group and CISE Chair
Moderator: D. Scott Sink, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
More information and registration

The Added Value of SHS Throughout Your Career  
Presented by Society for Health Systems Young Professionals 
Nov. 8, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Ali Hobbs, healthcare analyst, Catalyst, a Haskell Company
More information and registration


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 .