How good are your results?
How good do they have to be?
Six Sigma is used as a universal benchmark to objectively and quantitatively assess the analytical
performance of methods and instruments. A higher sigma level means a better quality process,
which leads to better clinical results. If the test result matters, then the assay’s sigma
performance should matter too. Do you know your Sigma?
Sten Westgard describes the application of Six Sigma quality metrics to viral load testing.
"A higher sigma performance is associated with lower quality control (QC) requirements. This
performance has important implications for the laboratory—improved laboratory efficiency and lowered QC costs."
How does Six Sigma benefit you?
Sigma metric analysis is an easy tool for laboratories to use in quantifying performance differences of current
methods versus competing methods. A lab that uses assays with high sigma levels provides top-quality
results with fewer defects (e.g., less retesting or fewer workarounds) and operates at a higher efficiency with lower
QC costs. High-quality results lead to greater physician satisfaction and improved patient care. Ultimately, Abbott
RealTime HIV/Hepatitis assays are operating at the highest end of the sigma performance range compared with competing methods.
WHAT IS SIX SIGMA?
It’s time to think about it for your molecular lab
Six Sigma is emerging as a top priority in the molecular lab as demand increases:
- For improving operational efficiencies and lowering costs
- For improved accuracy and reliability of molecular results
It’s time for Six Sigma—a good practice for molecular labs performing viral load testing that
supports best patient management and operational efficiency.