Fred Jaramillo, biomed manager at University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo, offers a best practice he gained from a session at the AAMI conference. He told me it had to do with Six Sigma. According to Wikipedia, it’s a “business management strategy that seeks to improve the quality of process outputs. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).”
Fred said it gave him another tool to solve problems. He said: “I can look at something and say, ‘here’s the problem and here are the steps to a solution.’ You can adapt the program and get team input. You can retool or change the program and eventually have a solid process.”
Have you used Six Sigma? Any tips? Did you attend AAMI and pick up other pearls of wisdom? Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post your best practice. Thanks!