Healthcare Systems Process Improvement 2016
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Student Networking Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 17
4 - 5 p.m.

Meet other student attendees and get a jump-start on your conference networking. This event is sponsored by the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University.


2015 Society for Health Systems Graduate Student Paper Competition


The Society for Health Systems (SHS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Graduate Student Paper Competition!

The winning submission will receive a $1,000 cash award and $500 per team for travel expenses to present their project at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, held Feb. 18-20, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.

The competition is sponsored by Ohio University.

SHS Paper Winner
Congratulations to Iakovos Toumazis of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, winner of the Society for Health Systems Graduate Student Paper Competition.

Toumazis will present his paper, "Scheduling Palliative Chemotherapy Treatments for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients," during the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in Orlando, Florida.

2015 SHS YouTube Video Contest

We are pleased to announce the 2015 SHS YouTube Video Contest!

We invite you to produce a video that will promote the application of industrial engineering profession in healthcare to high school students, undergraduate students and faculty. The video should be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes.

The winning video will receive a cash prize provided by the Society for Health Systems. Awards will be presented during the award ceremony at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.

For more information, please click here.

New for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 – an exciting student simulation competition.

FlexSim HealthcareThe competition is sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

There were 35 teams consisting of 155 students and faculty advisors that submitted applications to participate in the SHS/Flexsim Model Building competition.  The teams represented schools from seven countries.  Of the 35 original applicants, 12 teams submitted final models and case studies.

Of the twelve submissions, three were selected as finalists. Those teams are: Mississippi State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison and San Jose State University.

And the winners are:

First Place 

“Badgers” from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Team leader: Erkin Otles
Team members: Samuel Scmitt, April Soler and Mike Russo
Faculty advisor:  Laura McLay

Second Place 

“SJSU Spartan” from San Jose State University

Team leader: Minh Dang
Team members: Rebecca Mantecon, Park Srivipapattana and Sandeep Kannan
Faculty advisor: Lou Freund

Third Place 

#3“True Maroon Engineers” from Mississippi State University

Team leader: Md Mahmudur Rahman
Team members: Austin Campbell, John Roberson and Ethan Kip Hosea
Faculty advisor: Lesley Strawderman

Teams of a maximum of four IE students solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. This case study is prepared by FlexSim. Student team members and their faculty advisor are not required to be members of IIE or SHS to enter the competition, but they will become SHS members if they are one of the three teams selected to compete at the finals courtesy of FlexSim. The finalists must be able to attend the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

General Rules and Guidelines

  • Teams consists of a maximum of four students, plus an advisor. Teams can have no more than two graduate students.
  • FlexSim will provide software and software licenses to all students who are interested in participating.
  • They are given approximately nine weeks to develop their solutions.
  • Three finalist teams are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the IIE Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.
  • Each finalist team will receive $1,250 US for travel expenses to the finals, plus complimentary conference registration, cash awards and a framed certificate.
  • Winners will be announced at the conference.

Additional cash prizes are also awarded to competitors based on their finishing position: 

  • First place: $2,500 US to the team
  • Second place: $1,500 US to the team
  • Third place: $1,000 US to the team

Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at or (770) 449-0461, ext. 105.

Poster Competition

This year’s poster session will be a bit divergent from years past. Posters will be submitted and approved as usual, but at the conference all poster presenters will be given the opportunity to speak to their work during intersession periods/receptions. The posters will be divided between two different tracks: Applied and Research projects. After these facilitated sessions, judges and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with posters of interest to them. Judges will gather and discuss the projects accordingly and at the end of the proceedings, award a first and second place award to each track.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested students: Volunteer your time in exchange for a discounted conference registration. The time can be prior to the conference (e.g., kit stuffing and/or setting up registration) or during the conference (e.g., registration, room hosts, etc.). There are a limited number of slots available, so this opportunity will be offered to volunteers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to review a list of volunteer opportunities for various events at the conference, please contact Bill Gibbs at