FREE Webinar, Accessible Simulation Methods to Support Healthcare Improvements
While simulation has been widely applied by the academic community in healthcare, it is by no means routinely used to support decision-making. In this webinar, presenters from the US and UK Health Systems will give testimony to new and exciting tools and techniques that are making simulation more accessible to healthcare practitioners.
Claire Cordeaux, from SIMUL8 Corporation will talk about new applications and techniques which are helping healthcare organizations to gain the benefits of simulation, without being an expert.
Michele Stuart, from Efficiency Engineers will share how simulation techniques are enabling the improved efficiency and effectiveness of several process initiatives within Geisinger Health Systems.
Stephen Burrows will provide insight into work in Care Oregon where nurses are engaged in the use of simulation to release their time to care for patients.
Click to Register today! January 26th @ 2PM EST
Partnering with Engineers without Borders !
During the holiday season, we typically send our clients a gift showing our appreciation for their support throughout the year. This year, we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to help make a difference. So, we decided to provide a donation in our clients’ honor to Engineers Without Borders (EWB).
EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.
Thank you to all of our clients for helping make a difference!
The Healthcare Industry is Getting Business Savvy !
Dan Barata, Director of Healthcare Systems, is heading to Texas to learn more about how the healthcare industry is beginning to utilize business methodologies to improve service and reduce waste. The Institute of Industrial Engineers’ conference, Best Practices in Lean & Six Sigma Applied to Healthcare, will highlight the following topics:
- Lean & Six Sigma and how it applies to healthcare
- Effective improvement disciplines used in business today
- How to achieve rapid, sustainable improvements successfully within healthcare
Additionally, the conference will focus on how to overcome a wide range of challenges including:
- Increasing patient capacity
- Reducing wait times in clinics and emergency rooms
- Decreasing scheduling time for surgeries and procedures
- Reducing appointment cancellations and boosting incremental revenue
To find out further information on the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the conference, visit www.iienet2.org/LSSHealthcare/.
Efficiency Engineers Heads Out into the Community!
Since March 2000, Personalized Books Given to Children, Inc. has been printing, assembling, distributing and reading personalized books to first grade children in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton through its Learn to Read Program. Over 26,000, first grade students have received their own individually made personalized book where the student and the teacher are the book's main characters. This year, 3,109 students throughout the Lehigh Valley will receive personalized books. The Efficiency Engineers’ small, but mighty, team has already donated $725 and plans to participate in the distribution and reading of the books throughout the year. To find out how you can become involved, visit www.personalizedbooksgtc.bbnow.org.
Alison Kulp, Efficiency Engineer Senior Project Engineer, Raises Money for Haitian Relief Efforts
On April 1, Alison Kulp, EE Senior Project Engineer, joined forces with other Lehigh University students earning undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a dance performance to raise money for Haiti. E. Laura Hausmann coordinated the event, which included short dance performances ranging from Contemporary Ballet-Modern-Jazz-Funk-Pop paired with music by Gershwin, Brahms, Scriabin, Chopin, Art of Noise, and Rabbitinthemoon. This worthy and art-filled fundraiser was sponsored by the ArtsLehigh grant. Alison has been dancing ballet since she was five, and more recently has expanded her love of dance to include Swing and ballroom.
Society for Health Systems Conference and Expo
Efficiency Engineers’ President, Michele Stuart, attended the Society for Healthcare Systems (SHS) Conference and Expo in Orlando where they focused on creating a sustainable, efficient and low-cost healthcare system. The SHS feels that the best way to achieve these goals is to begin to utilize engineering principles, concepts, and methodologies in an effort to optimize system performance and increase patient safety.
While networking with other engineers, healthcare professionals and even academic researchers, it was apparent that the health industry needs employees with industrial engineering and healthcare knowledge as well as low risk tools and methods to get concepts into action quickly. Michele was surprised to learn how many healthcare professionals were not utilizing system “optimizers,” such as simulation modeling, to test their theories prior to implementation. Efficiency Engineers looks forward to helping the healthcare industry in implementing these methods providing safer and more efficient service to everyone.
The Power of Women in Engineering
On December 1, Michele Stuart, President of Efficiency Engineers, visited WorleyParsons, one of the largest global engineering companies in the world, to present The Power of Women in Engineering. She met with over forty women to explain the past, present and future, in the male dominated industry, of engineering. In addition to explaining her own path to engineering, Michele described the rough road to achievement for the First Lady of Engineering, Lillian Gilbreth, who raised twelve children while earning her PhD. In conclusion, she left the group of women with words of wisdom to help them plan the upcoming New Year and the years that follow.
“What ever you can do,
Or dream you can,
Boldness has genius,
Power, and magic in it.”
Michele looks forward to doing similar presentations in the future and hopes more women will join her in her beloved field.