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Quality (from a slightly different perspective)

December 9th, 2010

By jeremy.engdahl-johnson

We’ve talked a lot about quality since launching this blog, but most of the discussion has been specific to the healthcare industry. It’s always interesting to see a well-trodden issue through the eyes of an outsider, which is what we have with this article in Quality Digest summarizing the “Year in Quality.”  Here’s an excerpt:

Other low points in human endeavor centered in the medical industry. Findings from a study commissioned by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and completed by consultants with Milliman Inc. estimated that measurable, avoidable medical errors cost the U.S. economy $19.5 billion in 2008. Having mulled over the data for a couple of years, 87 percent of the actuaries concluded that reducing medical errors is an effective way to control health care cost trends for the commercial population; 88 percent believe this to be true for the Medicare population.

What other healthcare topics attracted the eye of a publication that devotes a lot more pages to Six Sigma than actuarial science? The Institute of Medicine’s effort to weed out waste and the emergence of new nanotechnology that can help speed diagnostic capabilities also made the cut.

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  1. December 15th, 2010 at 10:25 | #1

    Thanks for a good Post…

    As we move into 2011, I believe the focus on quality healthcare will have to be combined with a formula that includes both efficient and effective healthcare solutions.

    While “quality” is absolutely critical and extremely important, the state of our current healthcare system demands more attention than a simple focus on quality solutions. If all the parties are willing to work on establishing and maintaining an “effective” healthcare system – quality and the elimination of waste are just two of the building blocks.

    Thanks again for your focus on these critical issues…

  2. March 5th, 2011 at 07:36 | #2

    Reducing errors by it’s nature is critical and should make the process more cost efficient. Reducing errors often reduces waste at the same time. I would expect the two components to have an overall positive impact on the quality of care, as well as, reducing cost.

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