July 2017 Newsletter
Emergency Room Utilization - Gateway to Health Program

Detroit Medical Center Hospital through a $10 million grant funded by the Affordable Care act has been able to enroll 6,500 patients to participate in Gateway outpatients. Initial identification of the patient population is based on seven chronic conditions or deemed as super users of Emergency Room services. The clinics are located adjacent to the ER hospitals and allow for extended business hours.  While, program outcomes are not official yet, the current results have allowed for an additional year of funding to continue offering program. To read more about the project and other examples of ER utilization improvements,  click here .
Process Measures the key to Perfect Care 

The number of process measures mandated by payers continues to rise and healthcare systems often are focused on keeping up with these measures rather than coming up with innovate measures. University of Utah leaders understood the value of process measures to drive perfect care and created a dynamic process where providers come up with process measures and create alignment with outcomes and cost. Physicians were challenged to come up with process measures that defined perfect care specific to a DRG. To find out more about process of establishing DRG specific scorecard examples, click here.
Lean Leadership Development - Lean Healthcare Research Symposium 

Creating performance improvement capacity by engaging all staff to be problem solver is a lean transformation challenge that many organizations face. To address this gap, the Carolinas Healthcare system established a lean leadership development program that allows on the job application of continuous improvement skills. Leaders within CHS are placed from their current position into a 12 month position within Performance Excellence.  This program has had tremendous benefits on professional growth, loyalty and optimization of workforce skills. To find out more about program structure and continuing education credit set -up, click here

"Lack of simplified standard work is harming our patients," Leigh Hamby stated to the audience. Heads nodded across the room as the chief medical officer at Piedmont Health (Atlanta) described how increasing compliance with standard work has driven their infection rates down. Click here  to read more.

2017 Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Symposium Details
Date:   October 6, 2017
Time :  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Location : Trident Technical College, North Charleston, S.C.

For more information click here or contact Shana Dykema at 843-792-9737 
Social Media: #lsshs17
Upcoming Webinar

In Tandem: Evidence-Based Practice & DMAIC

Presented by Society for Health Systems
July 25 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: Amanda Davis & Rebecca Harper, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Using evidence-based practice and DMAIC in tandem creates a powerful tool to guide and implement decisions impacting healthcare value and clinical process. At the Medical University of South Carolina, inter-professional teams use both methodologies to develop tools that assist clinicians in making appropriate practice decisions for the best outcomes.
Innovation lab that will focus on process improvement over apps and gadgets 

  BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have invested $20 million into an innovation center that will dig into the process of medical care. Similar to many health IT incubator programs that healthcare organizations are setting-up, this will focus on collaborating with the medical school and community to support process innovation. Dr. Thomas Maddox will lead the lab in identifying process innovations that will support population health initiatives and hospitalization care improvements.
Click here to read full interview and Dr. Maddox's vision. 

Joint Commission - High Reliability Briefing 

Joint Commission quick safety latest newsletter focused on Daily Safety Briefings and the value they provide to organizations on the high reliability path.  For those looking out to learn how to set-up daily safety briefings and safety actions to consider - please click  here
SHS Young Professionals - First Time Attendee Conference Perspective

SHS young professional members - Muyuan Li (Baycare Health System) and Amy Goodnite (WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center) had the opportunity to attend the SHS Conference in Orlando this March. Muyuan and Amy valued the opportunity to have a conference where healthcare engineers can learn and grow together. As Amy writes in her synopsis, "This meeting of the minds is a valuable investment for any healthcare organization that wishes to be at the forefront of creating the healthcare delivery system of tomorrow". Read their full summary by clicking here
Looking for a journal to submit your healthcare improvement work? The Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering journal offers 4 issues a year and is always looking for new fresh content.  To find out more about guidelines and instructions for authors, click here.
2017 SHS Sim Competition

Submissions Now Open!
Entries are now being accepted for the 4 th 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 bcameron@iise.org. Thank you.
Save the Date!
Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2018

Join us February 21-23, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, for the best insights into efficient healthcare delivery with high quality outcomes.
IISE Training Center
Advance your career with these upcoming healthcare training courses.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Aug. 28 | Norcross, GA

SHS Newsletter Team
Vanda Ametlli, Editor
Lauren Todd
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