|January 29, 2019:
A recent article in Michigan Medicine’s Headlines titled “Kellogg Is Keeping an Eye on Patient Safety” discusses Michigan Medicine’s “journey to zero harm, in partnership with Healthcare Performance Improvement, to improve patient safety and reduce the incidence of harm that reaches patients.” Part of that journey included a Healthcare Failure Mode & Effect Analysis (HFMEA) on cataract surgery processes. CHEPS led a team of staff from the Kellogg Eye Center that reviewed current cataract surgery processes from the clinic to the Operating Room. The team identified potential failure modes, triaged them to determine if corrective action was needed, and identified the corrective action(s) to mitigate system vulnerabilities. Beginning in 2013 CHEPS also provided RCA training for Ophthalmology Residents over multiple years. Since 2017 the Ophthalmology Resident RCA training program has been running independently. CHEPS has also mentored and participated in Ophthalmology Resident RCAs as well as RCAs led by the Patient Safety Office.
|January 8, 2019:
A collaboration between the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) is in the news. The story, published by Michigan Health Lab, details the Kellogg Eye Center’s use of radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags to gather data about how providers and patients move through the clinic. The collected data allowed the team to build a simulation which helps Kellogg to experiment with changes that might reduce patient wait times.
Read the full article “Tiny Digital ‘Tags’ Improve Eye Care by Tracking Every Step” by Shantell M. Kirkendoll at Michigan Health Lab.
|January 25, 2017:
CHEPS student Hassan Abbas is profiled in the School of Nursing article “Student Spotlight: Tri-Citizen Senior is Changing Cultural Expectations through Example.”
“I knew I wanted something with a lot of options,” said Abbas, a University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) senior. “I started researching careers and liked that nursing had different things you could do in patient care, research, advanced practice and even business. I like to think of myself as a forward thinker and I really feel like nursing is a forward-moving profession.”
|November 9, 2016:
Jim Bagian, CHEPS Director, is featured in an article in The Michigan Daily titled “Former astronaut extends research across disciplines.” The article is part of an ongoing research profile series profiling University professors in multiple disciplines.
|August 18, 2015:
CHEPS and Industrial & Operations Engineering student Chhavi Chaudhry and her work on the Chemotherapy Infusion Outpatient Flow project are featured in a profile on the College of Engineering website. In the profile, Chhavi talks about her work at CHEPS to ensure chemotherapy patients spend less time waiting and that the healthcare providers’ lives are made easier as well. “There are many industries where you can have a positive effect on society as a whole, but what I like is that I’m able to help the person right there in front of me,” she says.
|July 16, 2015:
The Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) is featured in the July 2015 issue of Industrial Engineer Magazine. CHEPS student Hassan Abbas and CHEPS Associate Director Amy Cohn met the author of the article, Amanda Mewborn, at the 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. Mewborn is an industrial engineer and registered nurse who works as executive director for project management at Piedmont Healthcare. In the article, she discusses the purpose of the Center and the value of its multidisciplinary approach.
|June 16, 2015:
Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) Director Dr. James P. Bagian is quoted in a Modern Healthcare article about the new report “RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm.” In addition to Dr. Bagian, who co-chaired the panel which produced the report, CHEPS Program Manager Joe DeRosier was a principal writer. More information on the report is available in our news section.
|January 15, 2015:
The Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety’s (CHEPS) work with The University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is featured in an article titled “Method of Operation: The Cancer Center Teams Up With Engineers to Improve Your Patient Care Experience” in the Winter 2015 edition of the Cancer Center’s Thrive. The article highlights the many ways students and faculty from CHEPS are teaming up with caregivers in order to implement positive change for patients. The current goal is to reduce delays for infusion patients while maintaining safe and high-quality care.
“Our program has students ranging from undergraduates to doctoral candidates working hand-in-hand with caregivers in the Cancer Center. What is valuable is that the students have strong technical skills; we’re the No. 2 industrial engineering program in the country. When you take these strong technical skills and put them in the health care setting along with patients and caregivers, real improvements can be made,” says CHEPS Associate Director Amy Cohn in the article.
The full article can be read starting on page 4 of the Winter 2015 issue of Thrive.