ESDI Forum: Engineering a Leaner, Cleaner, Healthcare System

Join panelists on July 14 at Wayne State College of Engineering to address health care efficiency.

SOUTHFIELD— What do engineers have to do with healthcare? It’s simple—waste in healthcare affects everyone’s bottom line, and creating a better and more efficient system takes the analytical, precise and process-oriented mind of an engineer to make it work. To that end, The Engineering Society of Detroit Institute (ESDI) will convene a Waste in Healthcare forum on Thursday, July 14, 2011 featuring a distinguished panel of presenters—to debate the solutions and create a roadmap for creating a better system in Michigan and in the U.S.

Based on a two-day symposium held recently by ESDI, the forum is designed to discuss the options to reduce or get rid of waste in healthcare altogether and to create solutions for a more efficient delivery system for patients, doctors and providers.

“Researchers and policy experts have recognized the opportunity to reduce waste in the healthcare system, but few to date have studied or attempted to address this problem from a system-wide perspective,” said Christopher J. Webb, JD, ESD Institute Co-Director. “ESDI convened the symposium with the goal of new, innovative ways to address spending that can be eliminated, while maintaining or improving the quality of care.”

The open forum will bring together leaders from a wide range of industries, backgrounds and viewpoints, including: Kay Beauregard, Vice President and Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Beaumont Hospital; Richard J. Haller, President & COO, Walbridge; Bob Kelley, Vice President, Healthcare Analytics, Thomson Reuter; Kate Kohn-Parrott, President, KKP Consulting, LLC; Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center For Healthcare Research and Transformation; Alina Pabin-Prusak, Senior Health Care Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Barbara K. Redman, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean and Professor, Wayne State University College of Nursing; and Christopher J. Webb, JD, ESD Institute Co-Director.

Founded in 1895, ESD is a multi-disciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce the next generation of leaders.

For more information about this healthcare forum or to download a copy of the abstract, visit

Cost to attend is $10. To register or for more information, visit or call 248-353-0735.

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