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The regular collection and sharing of data with stakeholders to find and fix problems goes by many names — the Virginia Mason Production System, Toyota Management System, Lean, Six Sigma, Quality Improvement Circles. All are based on the notion that to make things better, you need to look at data often and make changes quickly based on what you see. It is an idea that is gaining traction in healthcare as more peer reviewed studies showcase its potential for success.

Current data plus continuous feedback can equal QI success