When we accept medical activities as our profession then our responsibilities become much higher comparable to other professions, for the simple reason that it involves human life. The chances for defects should be minimum.
Six sigma quality is close to 99.9997%
- Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.
- Six Sigma uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts", "Green Belts", etc.) who are experts in these methods.
- 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).
- The term Six Sigma originated from terminology associated with manufacturing, specifically terms associated with statistical modeling of manufacturing processes. The maturity of a manufacturing process can be described by a sigma rating indicating its yield, or the percentage of defect-free products it creates. A six sigma process is one in which 99.99966% of the products manufactured are statistically expected to be free of defects (3.4 defects per million). Motorola set a goal of "six sigma" for all of its manufacturing operations, and this goal became a byword for the management and engineering practices used to achieve it.
Can we achieve this?
What if it is 99.% success rate.
If 99% was good enough then, we will be accepting the following:
1. Every hour postal service will lose 20,000 pieces of mail.
2. Every week there will be around 5000 operations in the Hospitals which can go wrong in some way.
3. Every day drinking water may be rendered unsafe for 15 minutes.
4. 7 hours of loss of electricity every week.
So, we as Homoeopaths also has to think seriously about the level errors we can allow.
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