Call for Abstracts Now Open

You're invited to share your expertise by submitting an abstract for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 20-22, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Abstracts accepted through Aug. 15, 2018. #HSPI2019

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
HSPI 2018


New SHS Board Members Elected

The SHS Elections for 2018 resulted in the election of (2) new Board of Directors and (3) Ad Hoc Board Members. Join us in congratulating each of them in their new role! Click on the Board Members for additional information.  
President Elect:  Isaac Mitchell
SHS Board of Directors (2018-2021):  Lauren Cooper
SHS Board of Directors (2018-2021):  Jordan Peck 
Treasurer:  Jarvis Gray
Secretary:  Mary Ellen Skeens
Assistant to the Presidents:  Elizabeth Gentry 


HIMSS18brings you the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health challenges — all at one time, all in one place. We’re proud to be a HIMSS18 collaborator, as such our members receive a discount to attend. While at HIMSS18, be sure to attend the Compliance Symposium: Mastering Compliance: What You Must Know on Monday, March 5, 2018. Identify major areas of compliance risk, address them leveraging your IT resources, and effectively support proper compliance programs. Learn More

Questions? Contact himss@compusystems.comor (855) 326-8342. 

2017 Malcolm Baldridge Award - Healthcare Sector Winners
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Baldrige Award is a Presidential-level honor, recognizing exemplary practices among American organizations and businesses including an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and administrative improvement. This year's awardees are proven success stories, providing a rubric for other businesses across the country to follow. The healthcare sector winners acknowledged were Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii and Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska.  To read more about the excellent work by these organizations click  here.  

If there are specific books you would like to see reviewed or if you are interested in reviewing a book yourself, please contact   

Telemedicine Expansion Keeping Up with Quality Measures 
Providers say that for many consults, telemedicine is just as good as in-person care delivered in a clinic or exam room. But the evidence to support these assertions is thin. Now comes the National Quality Forum's attempt to start the discussion on quality measures for telemedicine. The 80-page report does not endorse any measures - although it suggests some candidates. The report instead offers "a framework to support the development of measures." Click  here to read the  article and National Quality Forum publication.

Opioid Epidemic and Telemedicine
October 2017 announcement of opioid epidemic as a national public emergency has launched many efforts at local and government levels. One of those efforts is to support rural areas who might have limited access to dedicated treatment centers and mental health professionals. To read more about work of three senators to change telemedicine regulation around opioid services click  here.

Maryland Global Healthcare Budget Results Come Out 
A recent study from JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed payment model change in hospital and primary care between eight Maryland counties and twenty-seven counties outside the state acting as control group. Results show that the all payer model in Maryland did decrease health expenditures but did not impact hospital and emergency room utilization. Full study and highlights can be found   here.


Lean Blog Highlight - An Unexpected Champagne Cork "Chart"

Determining data visualization and interpretation is an ongoing challenge in healthcare and everyday situations. In his recent holiday break, Mark Graban provides insight on data analysis of champagne corks and some questions to always think about when dealing with understanding data. Read more about Mark's explanation and be a part of the conversation by clicking  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.

Society for Health Systems Healthcare Innovation Competition
You think you can make changes to health care?  You want to create solutions to help shape the future health care experience?  Let your imagination go wild!

We invite attendees to submit ideas about innovation and entrepreneurship for the healthcare sector. Ideas should be about making or deploying a disruptive product or service in the healthcare sector. They can be at any stage of development, from a rough plan of how their research could be commercialized, to an already operating startup team. Click here to find out more about the  challenge.  

Please join our upcoming webinars

The Art and Science of Team Facilitation

Presented by Society for Health Systems
June 14, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenter: Aaron Kanne, director, Care Logistics
Have you ever led a meeting or work session that didn't accomplish the goals you had intended? If so, this presentation is for you. You'll learn how to prepare for, facilitate, and follow up on meetings / work sessions to lead your teams to success. 
More information and registration

Emory Healthcare's Approach to Clinical Effectiveness

Presented by Society for Health Systems (SHS)
July 12, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenter: Greg Esper, M.D., associate professor, Emory University School of Medicine
In 2014, Emory Healthcare sought to reduce our internal cost structure while maintaining and improving quality. The Value Acceleration Program - Clinical Effectiveness (VAP-CE) methodology was successful in reducing our costs by millions and improving outcomes in various service lines. 
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 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. 

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 .