I am working on my Master of Science in Health Systems. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. Currently, I am a Graduate Research Assistant at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital. I aspire to pursue a career focused on strategy, operations, logistics, product development and information technology as it relates to the health and safety of individuals.
Grady Site Visit -> File:JEM Grady Emergency Department Tour 091312.pdf
Pechu Kucha -> File:JEM Grady Emergency Department Visit.pptx
I have had a couple of personal experiences in the ER. One for a twisted ankle when I was around 8 or 9 and a few years ago for strep throat. The ER is not the most lively or enjoyable experience to undertake especially when you are in pain or feeling weak. I remember during my last visit several people asking me for my birth date as if it had been changing from minute to minute. That frustration and understanding of the need to be healed and removed from the hospital planted what would inevitably grow into a passion for the safety and health of individuals through efficient and effective processes.
8/28/2012 The closet exercise allowed me to use a real life concept and understand process and thought process. Seeing my group's closets and hearing their interpretations of closet designs was beneficial to get another outlook on how people organize their closets.
8/30/2012 Emergency care is quite an extensive process. There a many components to the ED with many decisions points. Having been in an ED environment before, it is hard to capture in one presentation the extent to which the work in the ED occurs.
9/4/2012 The location of items in the hospital can have a negative effect on patient care and recovery. The hand washing compliance statistics completely took me back. When a sink was in sight of a person's view entering the door they complied to hand washing 56% of the time and when it was out of sight only 33% of healthcare providers complied. These statistics show the need for adequate attention to detail regarding the healthcare environment patients are put in and the need for more evidence based design.
9/6/2012 Engineers can do the job. The feedback regarding the Grady ED site visit proved to be very helpful and showed a lot of opportunities for the class projects to have a lasting effect on the patient care that is given. Mr. Cowan's conversation regarding the quantitative nature of engineers and how we think provided the non-technical majors a sense of where to set expectations for the groups to be formed in the coming weeks.
9/11/2012 The Pecha Kuchas presented during class provided a great insight to the observations at the Grady Emergency Department. There were a few takeaways from the class including enhanced presentations skills and additional observations that I did not note. There are a lot of opportunities to increase communication and patient centered care in the ED.
9/13/2012 The second round of Pecha Kuchas presentations confirmed many of the findings already indicated in the presentations earlier in the week and presented some new findings and areas for improvements in the hospital. The compilation of the observations identified will assist the class in compiling definitive problem statements to help Grady Memorial Hospital in achieving health care delivery success.
9/18/2012 Dr. Ackerman's review of the Problem Statement showcased a condensed way to specify problems. The format and understanding of how to write a problem statement will enable me to zone in on the problem and direction of the results I ultimately want to receive out of this project.
9/20/2012 Taking all of the problem statements the class came up with, we were able to bucket the top problems to look into for Grady. The activity allowed us to see common trends in the emergency department and identify new areas for opportunities within Grady. The surplus of problems will provide an array of options to enable us to service Grady through our projects and ultimately improve patient care.
9/25/2012 Problem defined
9/27/2012 Problem defined
10/2/2012 Presented problems
10/4/2012 Coordinated groups
10/9/2012 Worked on fleshing out solutions
10/11/2012 Presentation of Solutions