August 2017 Newsletter
SHS Healthcare Hangouts on Twitter -  Gemba and the Art of Active Listening

The SHS Communications Committee is beginning a new program: "Healthcare Hangouts."  Every third Thursday of the month, starting in August, three questions on a previously announced topic will post from the SHS Twitter page @SHSInfo starting at 1:30pm ET and every 10 minutes after.  During those 10 minutes participants can reply with answers and follow up questions. These sessions will engage members in dialogue that dives as deep and continues as long as needed, while exposing our community in its best light: "members helping members."  Mark your calendars to be online at 1:30pm ET on August 17th to participate in the online discussion. Our first hangout is themed "Gemba and the Art of Active Listening."
Intermountain: Needle Free Inpatient Blood Draws

Intermountain and its 22 hospitals join a number of hospitals such as Sutter Health in adopting needle free blood draws for inpatients. Utilizing peripheral intravenous (IV) catheter, the device PIVO attaches to the IV line and advances a small catheter through it to collect blood samples.  This technology spares patients from needle sticks for routine blood draws. To view hospitals trying this technology and learn more about the technology click here.
Physician Workforce Trends and Impact on Spending Growth

There has been a large link identified by many studies outlining the importance of primary care to improving health outcomes.  Many existing healthcare reforms, highlight and mandate a growing Medicare practice. Based on 2016, department of labor statistics, primary care has had an 8% growth rate since 2015, while specialties growth rate has been 48%.  Physician specialists not only require higher salaries but also mean higher costs of spending for hospitals. To control healthcare spending, we must continue to evaluate programs and financial models that can grow primary care. Detailed labor report and previous attempts to increase primary care programs can be here.
How to Use Simple Checklists to Decrease Technologist Error Rates

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) worked with their radiology technologists to develop a workflow where imaging quality errors were documented by the radiologists. Through a simple checklist integrated within the imaging dictation software, radiologists could provide imaging feedback to the technologists. Defect tracking allowed technologists to understand common trends and develop opportunities for improvement.  Through the pilot period and improvement interventions by the technologists, a decrease in errors was observed.  To read more about other factors considered and approach to this quality initiative,  click here .
Patient Safety Indicators - Modifications Ahead  

Many changes in weight and measures are coming along with PSI 6.0.1 version. This version allows for removal of Central Venous rate and specifications and weight adjustments to others. To review potential impact to your organizational priorities, review commonly asked questions here .
SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award Nominations Now Open
Make someone's day and nominate them for the SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award. The nominee must be an SHS member and an HIMSS member.  The call for nominations will close on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Award recipients will be notified in December 2017.   Nominations can be submitted at
Member Spotlight: SHS Rawson Challenge Winner

At the 2016 HSPI Conference, Dr.James Rawson challenged SHS members to quantify the value they are providing to health systems across the country. Members across SHS submitted the value they are adding to healthcare. Michael Washington and his team were recognized for their scientific work on the Ebola Outbreak at the SHS 2017 Conference.  His team's used publicly available data to analyze the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Full study can be found  here

Photo of Michael's team members
(left to right)
Gabriel Rainisch, Epidemiologist 
Cristina Maria Da Silva Carias, Economist
Michael L Washington, Industrial Engineer
Bishwa Adhikari, Economist
Brad Greening, Mathematical Modeler

Submissions Now Open!
Entries are now being accepted for the 4th Annual HSPI Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim. Gather a team of four students (maximum) to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!
Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Atlanta at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Feb. 21-23, 2018. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, cash awards, complimentary conference registration and certificates. For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition web page.
Entry forms for the competition are due no later than Sept. 29, 2017. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards".
Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at