Health Care

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By: Georgia Institute of Technology

(Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute: Atlanta) -- Debbie Guzman, laboratory director at Athens Regional Medical Center, says that implementing lean principles in a health care setting is especially challenging. Traditionally used in manufacturing, lean refers to an operational strategy derived from the Toyota Production System that focuses on eliminating waste while increasing value-added work to improve profitability, customer satisfaction, throughput time, and employee morale.

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By: National Committee for Quality Assurance

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By: Linda Gleespen

Ten years after the Institute of Medicine released its influential report "To Err Is Human" (, hospital care still has many safety problems, and the quality of care remains lower than it should be in many institutions.

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By: Andrea Kabcenell

What if hospital leaders had an easier, more streamlined way to chart an improvement path for their organizations? Imagine a list of key processes that could—if implemented reliably—lower mortality,  reduce harm, lessen delays, create a better patient experience, and lower costs. This possibility is now within reach. 

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By: GKS Global Services

In this case study of reverse engineering and rapid prototyping we will look at a company that developed an initial prototype of an anti-snoring device based on many years of research in the field of dentistry. The company’s main dental advisor is a pioneering dentist in the research and development of mandibular advancement devices to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). He designed and created a functional device that comfortably and healthily helps cure snoring. 

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By: Georgia Institute of Technology

Radio frequency identification (RFID) systems are widely used for applications that include inventory management, package tracking, toll collection, passport identification, and airport luggage security. More recently, these systems have found their way into medical environments to track patients, equipment assets, and staff members.

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By: Ron Bialek, Jack Moran, Kim McCoy, William Riley, Lillian Shirley


n emergency response organization differs substantially from our usual public health organization for day-to-day business. However, as the spring 2009 H1N1 (also referred to as swine flu) outbreak highlighted, usual public health processes are fundamental for effectively responding to a public health emergency. The key challenge we will face in the fall and winter of 2009 is not the planning for an H1N1 outbreak but the establishment of clear criteria for the public health workforce to determine priorities in their jurisdictions.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

All the talk of health care reform has resulted in many hospitals turning to lean Six Sigma to help improve efficiency and aid in cost cutting. However, health care efficiency expert Ron Wince contends that many of these facilities are not applying the tools properly and therefore will not reap the ultimate benefits. Wince is the CEO of Guidon Performance Solutions and works with hospitals across the country helping them to improve efficiency and quality while reducing costs.

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By: Chris Hardee

As moviegoers, we have all seen a wide range of animation—from early Disney features, such as “Snow White,” to Japanese anime, and Pixar’s “Toy Story,” to an assortment of recent blockbusters that seamlessly integrate animation with real actors. With each release, the movie magic gets more amazing as animated characters such as the Incredible Hulk or Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” take on lifelike qualities and realistic human facial expressions. How in the world do filmmakers do it?

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