June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
College Industry Partnerships
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Teaming Industrial Engineers with Clinicians to Learn how to Improve HealthcareThe Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has funded a national demonstration projectto create broad visibility and demand for healthcare systems engineering through a scalableextension center model. The extension center model was first heavily used in Agriculture tospread improvement methods and ideas between different regions and systems. In this instance,the regional extension center was created to do the same for hospitals with these systemsengineering improvement methods. The grant allows for the educational institution to supplystudents, at no cost to the system besides their time, to help solve problems within their hospital.Methods and approaches developed at one system are intended to be spread to other systems andultimately other regions. This paper will provide an overview of progress to-date and how weapproach replicating specific ‘triple aim’ projects in other health systems. The ‘triple aim’ is athree pronged approach, created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to: improve thepatient experience of care, improve the health of the population, and to reduce the per capita costof care. The projects focused on are in areas of specialty referrals, overuse of imaging anddiagnostics, bed demand prediction, staff scheduling, primary care and healthy starts, and patientsafety.In its first 2 years this grant has created a successful regional center in Boston and is startingsatellite centers in Seattle, Charlotte, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Results to-date include 62projects in 28 health systems, workforce development of 127 industrial engineers and 472healthcare personnel, $24.5m in savings, and significant reductions in harm, poor access, andunnecessary utilization of imaging, diagnostics, and referrals. A key objective and CMS criteriafor broader scale is to demonstrate repeatability in terms of the ability to extend this impactbeyond New England, to multiple benefits several-fold, and to repeat successful projects in otherhealth systems. During the course of this grant, numerous seminars and workshops weredeveloped and run from both the industry and collegiate side of thought. Faculty and studentswent and spoke to industry members on industrial engineering approaches and solutions to theirproblems, while healthcare employees spoke about their problems and what they’ve doing tocombat them.Students are heavily involved in working with and developing relationships with healthcaresystems as they work on projects and seek out future opportunities for improvement. From theseexperiences many students affiliated with the center have gone on to work in partneredinstitutions. On top of that, the center has brought 55 students in for co-ops and internships fromover 14 universities. This has created a large nationwide network of student friendships that werefounded on a focus on healthcare improvement. Upon entering the workforce, the bonds createdhere, will only strengthen the college-industry relationship.
Benneyan, J., & Balint, C. (2015, June), Improving Healthcare by Teaming Industrial Engineers with Clinicians Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24256
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