Industrial engineers work in a variety of jobs in hospitals and HMOs. Typical projects might involve process analysis, time and cost studies, facility design, simultion, process and quality improvement, financial and organizational planning, and information system design. IEs in health care often are called management engineers (MEs) or have other job titles, but many of the tasks and skills are much the same as IEs in any other industry.
As in most other industries, the possible career paths and day-to-day job responsibilities vary and are nearly limitless. The slides below summarize many typical and less typical projects on which IEs might find themselves working within health care.
Introduction to Management Engineering: Typical IE Roles in Health CareIE in Health Care PowerPoint Presentation
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Sue Hawkins, vice president, planning and performance improvement at Henry Ford Health System