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J Healthc Qual. 2006 Mar-Apr;28(2):4-11.

Lean six sigma in healthcare.

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Institute for Business and Industrial Statistics UvA.


Healthcare, as with any other service operation, requires systematic innovation efforts to remain competitive, cost efficient, and up-to-date. This article outlines a methodology and presents examples to illustrate how principles of Lean Thinking and Six Sigma can be combined to provide an effective framework for producing systematic innovation efforts in healthcare. Controlling healthcare cost increases, improving quality, and providing better healthcare are some of the benefits of this approach.

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