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Purpose of Lean Implementation
- Initially, we needed a quality improvement method for our AHRQ RO1 "Improving Patient Safety by Examining Pathology Errors" 1992-1997
- Measure current state of error in laboratory medicine (data: 30% of specimens are defective)
- Perform root cause analysis and design error reduction initiatives (data: errors related to breakdown in various testing phases)
- Implement error reduction and quality initiatives and measure effectiveness
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