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2016 Westgard Sigma VP User Meeting: Singapore

On May 27th, the member labs of the Westgard Sigma Verification of Performance Program gathered for its first annual meeting in Singapore.

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Joined by distinguished and accomplished speakers, Dr. Elizabeth Y. Arcellana-Nuqui of The Medical City Hospital of Manila, Philippines, Dr. Navapun Charuruks of Bumrungrad International Hospital of Thailand, and Director Li-Ching Wu of Chi-Mei Medical Center, Taiwan, who discussed their achievements of Sigma VP as well as their additional advances in training, technology, and applications of Six Sigma.

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Dr. James O. Westgard, Ph.D. led a meeting of nearly a dozen laboratories from Southeast Asia, where best practices were discussed and shared, and collaboration research topics were proposed.

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Among just a few of the findings of the meeting:

  • A majority of the VP labs were able to not only benchmark their methods using Six Sigma, they were also able to implement changes to their QC design
  • Of those labs that changed their QC, the vast majority of them were able to reduce their QC and calibration expenses as well as reduce their labor they devote to trouble-shooting.
  • A majority of VP labs want to expand the verification to cover immunoassay and hematology testing
  • A majority of VP labs want to encourage their national regulatory agencies to include Sigma-metrics among the required Quality Indicators

 It was our honor to host this meeting and exchange with the Sigma VP laboratories. Together we hope to move quality even further ahead.