Six Sigma for Healthcare
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Anantha Kollengode

Display the Distribution of Your Data Using the Histogram

The histogram, one of the seven quality tools, is very effective in displaying the distribution of data. It’s particularly valuable if there are a large number of observations, as the tool quickly conveys the shape of the data distribution. The histogram visually presents the data of tabulated frequencies as consecutive, non-overlapping rectangular intervals.The histogram is depicted as a... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: August 9, 2010
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Anantha Kollengode

The Four Steps to Constructing a Cause and Effect Diagram

Thank you for visiting PEXNetwork.com. For more recent articles on process improvement and operational excellence, check our latest articles.The cause and effect diagram is an easy yet powerful tool commonly used in a cross functional setting to visually describe the potential root causes for a specific problem in question. The tool lends itself to enabling a team to readily organize the causes... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: May 24, 2010
Tags: cause and effect diagram, Fishbone Diagram, Ishikawa diagram, 5 Whys, 4 M’s, 4 S’s, 5 M’s, 8 P’s, root cause analysis techniques, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

Spot Potential Relationships Between Two Variables Using the Scatter Diagram

Finally, the spring season is here, and my family and I have begun planning a road trip for this summer. One of the places we would like to visit is the Yellowstone National Park and we are set on seeing the Old Faithful geyser eruptions. To witness this natural wonder, we could plan to stay at the park for half a day or we could use data to our advantage to plan a much shorter wait time to see... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: April 7, 2010
Tags: scatter diagram, scatter plot, X Y plot, correlation coefficient, regression line, standard error, Six Sigma DMAIC, healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

The Check Sheet: A Simple and Effective Way to Display Data

The check sheet is another simple and effective tool useful in Lean Six Sigma projects. It is sometimes referred to as a concentration diagram or location plot. It is a handy tool for both qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis. Check sheets help to systematically collect and organize data and is useful in the all phases of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (define, measure, analyze,... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: March 16, 2010
Tags: Lean Six Sigma, location plot, tabular sheet, Six Sigma, concentration diagram, Mayo Clinic, check sheet, tally sheet, DMAIC, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

Tackle Waste, Inefficiency and Variation in Healthcare Using the Spaghetti Map

For the next several months, I will be writing about some simple yet very effective Lean Six Sigma tools to tackle waste, inefficiency and variation in healthcare. In this column we will look at the Lean Six Sigma tool, the spaghetti map (also referred to as the spaghetti chart or the spaghetti diagram). The spaghetti map is a simple Lean Six Sigma visual tool that provides a powerful overview of... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: February 9, 2010
Tags: spaghetti map, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, lean, process improvement, healthcare, health care, Mayo Clinic, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

Key Strategic Imperatives for Healthcare for 2010: How We Can Make a Difference

Healthcare costs in the United States are rising faster than economic growth, making it unaffordable for an increasing proportion of the population. The problem is compounded by the aging population, the healthy opting out of insurance thereby increasing costs for those insured, and the fee-for-service model. As a result of this problem, the following symptoms have emerged: lack of easy access... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: January 11, 2010
Tags: Six Sigma, deployment management, healthcare, lean, 5S, Theory of Constraints, design of experiments, Mayo Clinic, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

Sustain Process Excellence Momentum through Effective Leadership

At the recently concluded 5th IQPC Annual Process Excellence conference in Chicago, several presentations centered on Process Excellence and its impact on the organization. This article provides an overview of Process Excellence and the role of leadership in implementing Process Excellence in an organization. What is Process Excellence? Process Excellence is the unrelenting focus to create... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: November 24, 2009
Tags: leadership, Six Sigma, Process Excellence, Continuous Improvement, customer value, strategic management, strategic leadership, healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

Selecting Effective Metrics and Dashboards for Process Improvement Efforts

Metrics and dashboards play an integral and critical part of process improvement efforts. Metrics complement the Six Sigma methodology by providing vital signs of the effectiveness and the efficiency of the process improvement efforts.Metrics help the organization focus on the most critical business factors (Key Performance Indicators, KPI) that have a profound impact on sustaining business... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: September 29, 2009
Tags: Metrics, dashboards, process improvement, Six Sigma, key performance indicators, PDSA, DMAIC, healthcare, Anantha Kollengode


Anantha Kollengode

Voice of the Customer (Patient) for Six Sigma Processes in Healthcare

Every organization serves a unique need for the customer. And a key feature that differentiates a successful organization from a not so successful organization is that a successful one listens to what the customer needs and creates products and services that exceed the expectations. I personally believe that healthcare attracts the most dedicated, well-intentioned professionals who truly care... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: August 31, 2009
Tags: Voice of the Patient, Voice of the Customer, Six Sigma, Six Sigma for healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Quality Function Deployment, process improvement, Anantha Kollengode, Six Sigma tools, KANO model, Six Sigma projects


Anantha Kollengode

How to Achieve Zero Retained Foreign Objects with DMAIC Part V

Over the past several issues we've discussed the Define, Measure, Analyze and Improve phases in achieving zero retained foreign objects. In this article, we will examine the critical but often overlooked fifth step in the Six Sigma DMAIC process, the Control phase. The Control Phase of the Six Sigma DMAIC Model In the Control phase, the project is transitioned from the Six Sigma project team... Read more

by: Anantha Kollengode
Published: August 3, 2009
Tags: Six Sigma project, DMAIC, gap analysis, retained foreign objects, Six Sigma for healthcare, Six Sigma DMAIC, Pareto chart, control chart, Anantha Kollengode, Six Sigma, Mayo Clinic


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