Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

Blog posts and articles about using Minitab software in quality improvement projects, research, and more.

Were you one of the 300+ lucky practitioners, data analysts, statisticians, improvement advisers, program managers, engineers, clinical directors, coordinators and quality professionals who attended the 2019 Minitab Insights Global Conference this past fall? 

Don’t worry if you were unable to join — with the help of our expert Jenn Atlas, we’ve rounded up the 5 Key Challenges and Learnings you need to know.

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In hospital and clinic settings, making the right decisions doesn’t just reduce costs from duplicative work and process inefficiencies — it results in better outcomes for patients. Think about needing to take an extra X-ray because the first captured the wrong foot. Even if it’s the right limb, what if they captured it from the wrong angle?

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We might not be able to observe the progressive loss of cognitive and intellectual abilities someone with dementia is experiencing from the outside, but healthcare clinicians can detect it when they observe their ability to bathe, groom or dress themselves deteriorate. Minitab consultant  and Insights 2019 speaker David Patrishkoff is researching how to help with the aid of Minitab software. 

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Process validation is vital to the success of companies that manufacture pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, test kits and a variety of other biological products for people and animals. According to FDA guidelines, process validation is “the collection and evaluation of data, from the process design state through commercial production, which establishes scientific evidence that a process is capable of consistently...

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Healthcare has many data-rich opportunities which can be used to improve cycle times, customer satisfaction scores, wait times, capacity/throughput, and inventory. In honor of Healthcare Quality Week October 21-27, 2018, National Quality Month in the US in October and World Quality Month in November, we wanted to share this helpful how-to on value stream mapping, or VSM. Value stream mapping can help you map,...

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Dramatic cost savings. Lead time and inventory reductions. Improved transactional processes.

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On the heels of Healthcare Quality Week last week, we wanted to share our conversation with Dr. Sandy Fogel, the surgical quality officer at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA.

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Have you ever had a probability plot that looks like this?

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Rare events inherently occur in all kinds of processes. In hospitals, there are medication errors, infections, patient falls, ventilator-associated pneumonias, and other rare, adverse events that cause prolonged hospital stays and increase healthcare costs. 

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In Parts 1 and 2 of Gauging Gage we looked at the numbers of parts, operators, and replicates used in a Gage R&R Study and how accurately we could estimate %Contribution based on the choice for each.  In doing so, I hoped to provide you with valuable and interesting information, but mostly I hoped to make you like me.  I mean like me so much that if I told you that you were doing something flat-out wrong and had been...

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