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Submit your abstract now for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 Sponsored by the Society for Health Systems!

We are accepting abstract proposals for poster and presentations on the following topics broadly defined:

Process Improvement: Track will include presentations on application and education related to tools such as lean six sigma and lean to improve healthcare processes, improvement quality outcomes, remove waste, and deliver value to customers. Change Management: Presentations in this track will focus on identifying, advancing and synthesizing knowledge about organizational change for successful implementation, adaptation and sustainability of process improvements in healthcare

Leadership and Change Management: Given the unprecedented challenges and change facing the healthcare industry, it is not enough to just apply the tools and methods. The role of leaders at all levels, and our ability to influence and lead change becomes more critical. This track focuses on the importance of leadership and change management and the role of management engineering professionals in defining, influencing and executing corporate organizational transformation or formulating unique and innovative value propositions for organizations.

Operations Research: Presentations in this track will focus on optimization of patient flow through the care delivery system by reducing patient wait time, optimizing staff, making better capacity planning decisions, scheduling, designing better facilities etc. using advanced analytics tools and methods such as forecasting, mathematical programming, system dynamics, simulation or other operation research tools.

Quality and Safety: Presentations will focus on interventions that improve quality and safety in healthcare through translating evidence into practice.

Research: This track will primarily focus on presentations from academia on use of existing or newly developed industrial engineering tools and methods and their applications in health and healthcare

Human Factors: Track will focus on the applications of human factor engineering and ergonomics in development of equipment, information technology or understanding of the clinical staff psychology for patient safety and improved care delivery

Potpourri: Broad category that could include any other topic that hasn't been captured like supply chain, human factor engineering, cost reduction, big data analytics, cost reduction, EMER/EHR workflow etc.

Expert Panel Discussions: Panel discussions moderated by a facilitator with subject matter experts discussing a wide variety of healthcare systems engineering topics ranging from role of management engineering teams or preparing the next generation healthcare systems engineers or ACO. The moderator will facilitate the discussion on a certain topic between a panel of subject matter experts or practioners or academicians

The oral presentations can be 20, 50 or 100 min in duration based on the topic while posters provide excellent visibility with prominent display in well-attended areas of the meeting on both days of the conference. Posters Presenters benefit from the interactive critique, suggestions and encouragement from colleagues working in similar areas. All poster presentations are eligible for participating in a poster competition.

Selections for presentations and posters will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicability: relevance of the ideas and/or techniques to other conference attendees
  • Originality: new or advanced application of an existing practice or presentation of a new idea
  • Soundness: thoroughness of explanation, assumptions are reasonable, techniques used appropriately
  • Organization: organization of logic, clarity of definition for problem and/or objective, clear explanations
  • Comparative Quality: overall quality and value relative to other abstracts submitted
  • All selection/decisions by the HSPIC Conference Planning Committee are final.
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation and/or publication are subject to editing for clarity and space considerations by the Conference Planning Committee.

Please note that conference speakers/poster presenters are not paid or reimbursed for travel expenses. HSPIC speakers and poster presenters can register at a discounted rate off the regular registration rate. The discount applies to the primary speaker -1 per presentation. All HSPIC speakers are required to submit a Power-point presentation, and/or a Full Paper (6 page limit) or Briefing Document for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Speakers not registered for the conference by December 31, 2014 will be removed from the program. All abstract submissions will be reviewed and may need to be revised based upon these reviews in order to be accepted for the final conference proceedings.

Important Due Dates

August 22, 2014 Oral Presentation Abstract submission deadline - CLOSED
October 10, 2014 Speaker selection notification
November 14, 2014 Poster abstract submission deadline
November 24, 2014 First draft presentation - Oral presentations
December 15, 2014 First draft - Poster presentation

December 15, 2014 Reviewers provide feedback - Oral presentations
December 31, 2014 Speaker/Poster Registration
January 9, 2015
Reviewers provide feedback - Poster presentations 
January 9, 2015 Final draft presentation - Oral presentations
January 30, 2015 Final presentation/Briefing document/paper submission/Poster
February 18 20, 2015 2015 Conference Orlando, Florida

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