The University of Alabama in Huntsville is partnering with hospitals to involve students in Lean and Six Sigma Healthcare projects. As part of their curriculum, engineering students are working in the hospitals to identify and solve problems in order to improve quality, reduce lead times and lower costs. Students work directly with healthcare providers and UAH staff and faculty as they apply the concepts they are learning in the classroom.
Student Spotlight – Alyssa Newby
Alyssa Newby enrolled in the Marketing and Supply Chain Practicum (MKT 490) for the Summer 2014 semester. Her role on the team was to conduct market research for the UAH Lean Healthcare product line. Specifically, she researched and compiled information on hospitals in the southeastern U.S., including location, patient volume and key performance indicators. This information will be critical in marketing efforts for OOE and complemented Alyssa’s current employment at Huntsville Hospital. Midway through the semester, an opportunity opened up for Alyssa to directly support a project at Huntsville Hospital for OOE. She worked with hospital staff and OOE personnel to help create an inventory replenishment system for the anesthesia department. Alyssa has been very active during her participation in the Practicum and a true asset to OOE.
Link to OOE Student Involvement Page
UAH Graduate Student Supports Emergency Department
In cooperation with a local hospital, an Industrial Engineering graduate student performed extensive data analysis in the emergency department and identified opportunities to reduce costs. Lean principles and concepts applied included reducing batch transactions, standardizing processes in patient admissions and reducing lead time for various activities.