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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Purpose of Lean Implementation

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  • 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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