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History of Lean and Six Sigma

While Lean and Six Sigma have been used in manufacturing and engineering for quite some time, their use in health care is still relatively recent. However, there are no shortages of successful implementations of Lean and Six Sigma in health care settings. Many of the principles of Six Sigma used in the manufacturing sector hold true for health care as well.

The timeline on the following page traces some of the major events in the history of Lean and Six Sigma.