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Tweets & Notes from the 2014 Society for Health Systems Conference

Tweets & Notes from the 2014 Society for Health Systems Conference

Last weekend, I was happy to attend, as I’ve done for seven of the last eight years or so, the annual Society for Health Systems conference (aka the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference). It’s a great organization and event and I encourage you to join and participate. Keynote speakers included my friends Karen Martin and Alan […]

By February 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Upcoming Conferences – SHS & LEI

Upcoming Conferences – SHS & LEI

I’m happy to be attending two really outstanding events in the next two months and I hope to see you there! The picture at left shows rows of people sitting, listening, and taking notes. I think the best parts of a conference often include the networking and the people that you meet. Here’s what I’m […]

By January 25, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Kaizen & Idea Boards Spotted at Society for Health Systems Conference

Kaizen & Idea Boards Spotted at Society for Health Systems Conference

It’s great to see more healthcare organizations embracing the philosophy and methodologies of kaizen (as we documented in Healthcare Kaizen). I saw some posters and presentations at the recent Society for Health Systems conference that include some nice examples of this approach from organizations including the Indianapolis VA, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital… […]

SHS Notes: Hospital Improvement, Deming Lessons from Mike Stoecklein, Shocking Doctors

SHS Notes: Hospital Improvement, Deming Lessons from Mike Stoecklein, Shocking Doctors

I’m still reflecting on what a great conference the Society for Health Systems put on again this year. Here are some highlights from other talks… (see also my previous two posts)… if you’re curious about “Shocking Doctors” in the post headline, be sure to read to the end of the post. Airica Steed, now with […]

Society for Health Systems Conference – Roger Gerard, ThedaCare

Society for Health Systems Conference – Roger Gerard, ThedaCare

Saturday at the Society for Health Systems conference, included an excellent keynote address from Roger Gerard, from the ThedaCare health system, co-author with Dr. John Toussaint of the book On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry. Some key points: Roger made a great point that the idea of “creating a […]

Society for Health Systems (#SHS2013) Notes – MD Anderson Talks

Society for Health Systems (#SHS2013) Notes – MD Anderson Talks

I think this was my sixth consecutive year attending the annual Society for Health Systems Conference, held this year in New Orleans. In the next few posts, I will share at least one key point from the talks and sessions I attended, with this post covering the first two – Doris Quinn, PhD and Ron […]

Reader Questions: Lean and Process Improvement in Healthcare

I received some really good questions from a reader, Nick, who has recently crossed industries to bring his Lean Manufacturing experience into healthcare. Since I thought the questions might lead to a good blog post, I’m going to address them here. In his intro to me, Nick said: “I don’t like to call myself a […]

By February 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
ASQ Influential Voices: Young People and the Future of Engineering and Healthcare

ASQ Influential Voices: Young People and the Future of Engineering and Healthcare

I’m happy to be participating in the ASQ “Influential Voices” blog series here in 2012. ASQ President Paul Borawski (listen to my podcast with him) writes about a topic each month and the group of bloggers all chime in. This month, Paul wrote about the need to encourage young people to enter “STEM” careers (science, […]

By February 22, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
10 Tips from a Hospital CEO – from the #SHS2012 Conference

10 Tips from a Hospital CEO – from the #SHS2012 Conference

Sunday’s keynote presenter at the 2012 Society for Health Systems conference was Dr. Stephen Markovich, the CEO of Riverside Methodist Hospital, a 1000+ bed hospital that is the flagship of the Ohio Health System. Dr. Markovich is not only both a doctor and a CEO, but he achieve both of his boyhood goals of being […]

By February 21, 2012 7 Comments Read More →

Hello from the SHS Conference & a Question for the Readers

Hello from Las Vegas, where Monday is Day 2 of the outstanding Society for Health Systems annual conference. I presented Sunday about Healthcare Kaizen and my co-author Joe Swartz took Q&A with me. I took a lot of notes on Sunday and hoped to have a full post here… but I was fortunate to have […]

By February 20, 2012 5 Comments Read More →

Upcoming Lean Speaking Engagements – Las Vegas and Phoenix

  I’ll be attending and speaking at three public events in the next few months, twice in Las Vegas and once in Phoenix. Hope to see you there. First, I will be speaking about Healthcare Kaizen at the Society for Health Systems conference in Vegas February 18 to 21 and the ASQ Lean & Six […]

By February 10, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
From SHS: Ohio Health Reduces Surgical Site Infections Using Lean

From SHS: Ohio Health Reduces Surgical Site Infections Using Lean

A few weeks back, I attended the Society for Health Systems (SHS) Conference in Orlando, where I chaired the Patient Flow track. There were a lot of great speakers and I have a lot of notes and ideas to share. Today, I’m going to share some notes from a talk by representatives of the Process […]

Another CEO Talk: “Can I Say That?”

Another CEO Talk: “Can I Say That?”

The final keynote talk at the recent Society for Health Systems / ASQ Healthcare conference was given by Dr. Barry Silbaugh, a former hospital executive and the current CEO of the ACPE – The American College of Physician Executives. Silbaugh is a big proponent of Lean in healthcare, listing Lean as one of the major […]

An Industrial Engineer as Hospital CEO

Last Friday at SHS/ASQ, I heard a talk by Michael Riordan, the CEO of the Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina. He is one of what must be a very small number of Industrial Engineers who made it to the CEO level at a health system. I wonder if there’s any study that shows how […]

Society for Health Systems Talk on TWI

Society for Health Systems Talk on TWI

On Friday, I co-presented at the Society for Health Systems / ASQ Healthcare Division conference in Atlanta. It was the first time this was done jointly and it seemed we had more physicians and other clinical people around, which is great. I presented with Dr. Peter Patterson, a pathologist from Arizona. Our topic was the […]

Productivity Targets Getting in the Way of Productivity Improvement

Earlier this morning, I attended a presentation at SHS/ASQ about Lean implementation in multiple emergency rooms in a large health system. There were a lot of positives and one red flag that I heard that might be worth discussion. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark […]

By February 27, 2010 15 Comments Read More →