Deep in the heart of Texas lies #HSPI2019

Registration is NOW OPEN for the conference, taking place Feb. 20-22 in San Antonio, Texas! Don't miss this annual event. Register by Dec. 14 and SAVE with early bird rates.

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

This month I want to tell you about an upcoming annual event - the election of new leadership for our Society.

If you are an SHS member, in early December you'll receive a ballot to vote for our next president-elect and two (2) new board members. The president-elect rotates through three (3) roles beginning with the president-elect position, then president, and finally past president. Directors serve three-year (3) terms. In that way, we have two (2) new directors each year and two (2) directors rotate off the board each year.

For the past several months, the nominating committee chaired by our past president, Ashley Benedict, has been recruiting an amazing slate of candidates that you will learn about when you receive your ballot in December.

Please take a few moments to vote when you receive your ballot.

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!

New SHS Advisory Council

The Society for Health Systems is happy to announce the formation of the SHS Advisory Council. This group will provide expertise and insights to guide the Board in activities such as the development of the vision, mission, strategic plan, and annual work plan. Additionally, the council will provide unique perspectives and insights to identify opportunities for the Society for Health Systems to bring additional value to its members. Please join me and welcoming and thanking the new members for their service.

  • James V. Rawson, M.D., FACR, Vice Chair of Operations & Special Projects at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Jeff Fetterman, President of Fettro Ventures, LLC
  • Kristin Rosengren, Vice President, Strategic Communications, at Academy Health
  • Julie Ginn Moretz, Assistant Vice President/Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Augusta University Health
  • Terrill Theman, M.D., MEng, FRCSC, Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Lehigh University

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 webinar

Transforming Clinical Outcomes: Implementing Change Theory into Practice

Presented by HPSI Conference Society for Health Systems
Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter:  Khrista Britt, RN, MSN,clinical workflow thought leader, Philips Healthcare

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 Papers: 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

IISE 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.

SHS extends outreach efforts with joint pre-conference workshop at HIMSS!

Process Improvement Workshop: Creating And Sustaining Process Improvement: Applying Lean & Six-Sigma Tools And Change Management To Achieve Organizational Success
Monday, February 11, 2019 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Explore a hands-on approach to understanding and applying Lean & Six-Sigma tools to strategically improve processes in healthcare organizations. Facilitated by individuals with extensive professional experience in strategic planning, process improvement approaches, the application of the Lean & Six-Sigma tools, and change management in healthcare settings, this interactive program will focus on the importance of aligning process improvement projects with an organization's strategic goals and objectives. Discover how to apply tools to identify the gaps in performance for key organizational clinical, quality and operational measures; prioritize process improvement projects; clearly define a problem's scope; and overcome implementation barriers through effective change management to achieve organizational success.