Data and Reporting
Similar to the business sector, the health care sector relies on practices similar to Six Sigma to manage healthcare. For example, the health care professional uses a medical model to first diagnose, treat, and follow-up with the patient. Similarly, within the business sector, problems are solved by following the Six Sigma methodology: defining the problem, measuring the problem to identify the gaps, analyzing the problem, designing for improvement, implementing the solution, and controlling or monitoring it (Dunn, 2010). As a healthcare leader, it is important to apply the Six Sigma methodology to daily internal operational processes to improve data gathering, processing, and reporting to ensure the appropriate information is being collected and reported to the right audience for effective decision making.