Vol. 9, No. 12

December 2007

PQ Systems

Who moved the data?

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

MSA with Jackie Graham

Bytes and pieces

FYI: Current releases

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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc., developers of software products and training services that help organizations improve their processes and products and achieve compliance to standards. This newsletter gives you industry news, case studies, and information about product enhancements and tips to enhance your software use.

Who moved the data?
Transforming data into information

Useful data is everywhere these days: in the accounting office, sales department, lab, classroom, stock market, medical records office. In fact, it would be hard to find a department or business that does not have its cup running over with data.

Of course, the key to transforming data into information lies in the ways that the data is used. This starts with knowing where the data is stored, and how to make it accessible. Read more.

Quality Quiz:
Another quiz from Professor Cleary—and last month’s winners!

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Chuck Barber (St. Joseph Medical Center); John Harrison (MetoKote Corporation); Jane Neal (Nucor); Brian Powers (Bechtel Communications); and Bill Reed (Meridian Automotive Systems).
Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of the popular Quality Gamebox program, go to Quality Quiz. Submit your response by December 28 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Teens and family meals

A study by the Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University suggested that teens who have frequent family meals are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t. This chart shows percentage of teens who have seven family dinners per week. See chart.

MSA with Jackie Graham:
Analyzing data from a typical study

Now that we’ve examined ways to set up a measurement system study, the next step is analyzing the data from that study. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Learning from the world’s schools: Ohio is the first state to use an analysis of the best-performing nations as a benchmark for its own academic policies. But it’s certainly not the only state or school district that’s looking beyond domestic borders to gauge how well it is doing. Learn more.
  • Nonprofits earn Baldrige recognition: In the first year of a new category, two nonprofits and two healthcare organizations have been recognized with the Baldrige Award. Learn more.
  • Improvement methods that are advanced by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement include a system for improvement, appropriate measures, tools, and other approaches. Learn more.
  • Measures assessing care for AIDS/HIV patients announced: These measures provide an assessment of how well individual providers and health systems care for patients with HIV/AIDS. Learn more.

Current versions of software:

To determine the most recent version of PQ Systems' primary software products, check Help/PQ on the web/check for updates on your program (for SQCpack, GAGEpack, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to: http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php


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