Innovation, Creativity

Modeling and optimizing emergency department workflow

The authors of this presentation describe how industrial engineering research improved patient access and reduced cost by applying a machine learning simulation approach at Grady Health System in Atlanta.

Developing a cost-effective pressure-ulcer prevention program in an acute-care setting

This article in the Wound Care Advisor is a case study describing a cost-effective pressure-ulcer program in a 350-bed acute care hospital. The authors report that the program they put in place is saving over $2 million annually.

ISE senior design projects offer innovative solutions to industrial challenges

Industrial and systems engineering students at Rutgers University completed a number of senior projects with potential high impact including a hand prosthetic that uses much less energy than current devices and a medicine dispensing machine that improves nursing workflows, inventory management and documentation.

Visualizing conversation structure across time: Insights into effective doctor-patient consultations

This study uses a highly efficient and time economic automated computer visualization measurement technique called Discursis to analyze conversational behavior in consultations.

Reducing patient charges by eliminating amylase from lab panels - HBR Blog Network

One hospital was able to reduce patient charges by over $300,000 annually by reducing the frequency of amylase and lipase testing for ED patients with abdominal pain and other conditions.

Behind the scenes of inventory management: A generalized approach

This presentation at the 2013 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is focused on describing a generalized strategy for improving inventory management using communication, spatial layout, and physical organization, standardization of process and inventory par levels. In healthcare settings, particularly surgery, creating or establishing this standard requires a complete system perspective of inventory. 

Through the eyes of the workforce - creating joy, meaning, and safer healthcare

This report addresses what can be done and what is being done to improve the physical and psychological harm to healthcare employees that ultimately impacts the safety and quality of patient care. The report provides a list of strategies and supporting tactics to improve conditions impacting the health and safety of the workforce.

Ergonomics and technology: The future

"By standing for two hours throughout an average workday, you can burn 280 extra calories. In one year, that converts to roughly 20 pounds of weight loss. Results vary depending on body shape and metabolism."  In this presentation at the 2012 Healthcare Systems Improvement Conference, the author addresses the need to increase ergonomics awareness in and out of the workplace by exploring new technology such as tablets, readers and smartphones, their use and place in the work environment as well as the ever-changing workplace, including trends in the office and telecommuting.

Two-bin kanban system replaces par-level inventory management 

St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., hired an industrial engineer to implement an improved inventory management system to replace an inefficient par-level approach. St. Clair Hospital made a video describing how they did it and the benefits they've received.

Standarizing patient care to improve outcomes in cardiac surgery

In this presentation at the 2011 Healthcare Process Improvement Conference, Christian Rizzo of OhioHealth describes a system-wide effort to reduce sternal wound infection by leveraging lean tools such as standard work, process maps, daily gemba walks and performance metrics. OhioHealth was able to standardize care using evidenced-based practices extending from the doctors' offices to case management. This presentation demonstrates how lean tools are utilized and describes how the system was able to sustain a reduction in infections of more than 60 percent.

Industrial and systems engineers cure some of healthcare's ills - Watson Institute for Systems Excellence at Binghamton University

A recent feature in Binghamton's Watson Review describes ongoing healthcare improvement research at the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE). Ongoing healthcare research at WISE includes research in ED throughput and supply chain. WISE researchers collaborate with a number of hospital systems including Vitua, Mayo, and Wilson and Binghamton General Hospitals. Thirteen research assistants in the WISE program have recently been placed in healthcare organizations.

Original films of Frank B. Gilbreth

Part 1 & Part 2
From Internet Archive website, these films are essentially a summary of work analysis films which were taken by Frank B. Gilbreth between 1910 and 1924 showing a number of industrial operations from which the motion study technique was developed.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives.
Producer: Presented by James S. Perkins in collaboration with Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth & Dr. Ralph M. Barnes
Sponsor: Chicago Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management

The journey to eliminating preventable harm - Nationwide Children's Hospital

In this presentation at the 2011 Society for Health Systems conference, Cindy Hafer provides a comprehensive look at how Nationwide Children's Hospital in Cincinnati is moving to eliminating all preventable harm to patients through a comprehensive safety initiative.

Case study on patient flow improvement, streamlining admissions from the emergency department

In a case study on the AHRQ website, the 340-bed Forbes Regional Campus of Western Pennsylvania Hospital developed a number of strategies to reduce delays in patient admission and discharge resulting in improved patient flow. The improvements were made during a weeklong kaizen blitz.

Purdue industrial engineering researchers investigate using surgeon hand gestures to improve surgery

Vision based recognition of hand gestures is being researched at Purdue University to control a robotic scrub nurse and access images during surgical cases. The research could lead to short case lengths and reduced infections according to the Purdue University News website.

Helping a hospital shine

In an article previously published in Industrial Engineer magazine, industrial engineering researchers at Clemson University assisted Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, S.C., in a number of hospital-wide and service specific improvements resulting in increased efficiency.

Patient tracker

A case study of a centralized patient tracking system at Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton, Va. The case study shows how Sentara was able to reduce patient registration labor by over 50 percent and save over $300,000 per year.

Audible alarms and workplace noise in nursing units: An envioronmental factors case study

A case study for reducing workplace noise on a pediatric nursing unit and maintaining appropriate noise levels.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers post final report on Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) in Health Care

In research sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), UW researchers summarize findings and associated research from a 2009 conference in a report entitled Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research.

An Introduction to External Funding for Health Care Improvement

Management engineers may need money to implement healthcare improvement.  This article outlines several potential funding sources.

Pioneers of Industrial Engineering and Health Care : Part 1

This article profiles Frank Gilbreth and Henry Ford.  Gilbreth initiated the study of time and motion in the OR, and Ford was the first to attempt to decrease wasted motion among nursing staff.

Engineering Process Improvement Award Nomination Form 2008

Criteria for the award are described

SHS Root Causes

Workers at a substance abuse clinic use the Toyota Production System to continuously refine their treatment for each patient.

SHS Education, Ceritification, Participation, Mentoring - Building a Career and a Future

What are the parts of a rewarding career as an engineer in health care?  This presentation proposes an answer.

SHS Moving Up the Curve: From Individual to Team to Organizational Effectiveness

Management team-building requires careful thought and planning. The presentation goes over several common pitfalls and proposes solutions.




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