GNYHA will host a June 4 webinar highlighting current and future applications of systems engineering to enhance pandemic preparedness and response. Systems engineering is a unique and valuable discipline in health care for achieving clinical and operational excellence through advanced analytics and management techniques. The webinar will highlight how systems engineers supported hospital operations during the COVID-19 patient surge and how they can support redesigning the future of care delivery based on what we learned.

The webinar will be co-hosted by Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh, Professor and Chair of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering and Director of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Center at Binghamton University. GNYHA members and EwingCole, an architecture and facilities design firm specializing in health care, will make presentations on:

  • A Dynamic Model to Predict Daily COVID-19 Census for Capacity Planning
    • Asala Erekat, Graduate Research Associate, Mount Sinai Health System
    • Greg Servis, Senior Director of Systems Operations, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Adapting the Emergency Department for Pandemic Readiness with Simulation Modeling
    • Alice Gittler, Director of Healthcare Design Research and Engagement, EwingCole
    • Farouq Halawa, Senior Research Associate, Healthcare Design and Improvement Analytics, EwingCole
    • Debbie Phillips, Senior Medical Planner, EwingCole

GNYHA first convened a Systems Engineering Community of Practice (CoP) in 2018 as a forum for systems engineers to share and learn about projects their peers are working on, and an opportunity to spread innovations and best practices.

A recording of the webinar can be found here.