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Mat 510 Case Study Statistical Thinking in Health Care

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MAT 510 Case Study Statistical Thinking in Health Care



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Case Study 1: Statistical Thinking in Health Care

Due Week 4 and worth 150 points



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Ben Davis had just completed an intensive course in Statistical Thinking for Business Improvement, which was offered to all employees of a large health maintenance organization. There was no time to celebrate, however, because he was already under a lot of pressure. Ben works as a pharmacist's assistant in the HMO's pharmacy, and his manager, Juan de Pacotilla, was about to be fired. Juan's dismissal appeared to be imminent due to numerous complaints and even a few lawsuits over inaccurate prescriptions. Juan now was asking Ben for his assistance in trying to resolve the problem, preferably yesterday!



"Ben, I really need your help! If I can't show some major improvement or at least a solid plan by next month, I'm history."

"I'll be glad to help, Juan, but what can I do? I'm just a pharmacist's assistant."

"I don't care what your job title is; I think you're just the person who can get this done. I realize I've been too far removed from day-to-day operations in the pharmacy, but you work there every day. You're in a much better position to find out how to fix the problem. Just tell me what to do, and I'll do it."

"But what about the statistical consultant you hired to analyze the data on inaccurate prescriptions?"

"Ben, to be honest, I'm really disappointed with that guy. He has spent two weeks trying to come up with a new modeling approach to predict weekly inaccurate prescriptions. I tried to explain to him that I don't want to predict the mistakes,...

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