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Practical Solutions for Healthcare Management and Policy (Collection) by Carolyn Pexton Dr. Brett E. Trusko Praveen Gupta, Dr. H. James Harrington, Douglas A. Perednia M.D., Jim Champy, Harry Greenspun M.D.

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Chapter 3Applicability of Six Sigma in Healthcare Organizations

Sections

A Brief Explanation of Six Sigma

Why Do You Need Six Sigma?

Quality

Six Sigma Applied to Healthcare

Six Sigma at Work in Healthcare

Different Views of Healthcare Quality

Conclusions

Endnotes

We hope by now we have presented you with enough information about healthcare systems around the world that you will agree that they need to be reformed. We need to start measuring our healthcare failures in deaths per million, not deaths per "hundreds or even deaths per thousands." Even deaths per million is not good enough in the healthcare system. The required standard should be measured in the deaths per billion and errors per million. This is where proven, preventative approaches—such ...

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