Breaking into Heathcare Quality

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    Trish G

    Spent a little time reading some older healthcare forum posts. There were a number of posts that started with something like “been managing LSS projects for some time but I am now working/and new to the healthcare field”. I have been told that the healthcare industry is reluctant to hire process improvement professionals who don’t have clinical or healthcare experience. Anybody have any insight? Do certifications like CPHQ help at all?



    @Trish – Like most industries, I assume that healthcare believes that they are “unique.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard that from a company/industry. After 20 years working across several different industries, from high volume electronics, to lower volume heavy equipment, to high volume food production, what I can say is that processes are processes. The widgets change, but the fact that they travel a stream from beginning to end and get transformed along the way seems to be a constant.

    Terminology and regulatory background would be helpful, but from a process improvement standpoint, processes are processes.



    Right on MMinWI!
    A process is a process is a process.
    The standards and test planning process may change (cGMP,ISO 9000,ISO 13485,14971 , 21 CFR Part 820 vs ISO/TS16949 , AS9000,…),but it is an easy learning curve.

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