How to ACHIEVE Operational Excellence with CAPA

Posted by Peter Hargittay on Tue, Dec 04, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

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Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPA) is a critical quality application that is instrumental for achieving operational excellence. CAPA improves product quality and safety, increases customer success, and yet decreases the risks such as product recalls.  With the right CAPA program, you can improve quality and business processes, uncover and solve process and quality problems, and develop new preventative actions to avoid issues in the future.

But how do you achieve operational excellence with CAPA? 

Build CAPA to Fit Your Exact Business Needs

Every business has unique processes and business requirements, and these needs often change as organization develop new products, respond to competitors, and adhere to new standards and regulatory requirements.  An efficient and effective CAPA program will leverage a robust pre-built application built on best practices and be easy to modify.

When CAPA is aligned with quality, compliance and strategic objectives, an organization can achieve harmony across the enterprise, and establish a foundation for operational excellence. The latest trend is quality management is smart quality automation, which goes way beyond traditional QMS software solutions that offer customization and configurability.

The Benefits of CAPA with Smart Quality Automation

Smart quality automation is the next wave in quality management software.  It’s designed to provide smarter quality, hyper-adaptive flexibility, actionable analytics enabling faster decisions, and better products.  Some of the benefits of CAPA with smart quality automation includes:

  • Reduce product recalls
  • Allow for design and engineering changes
  • Lower scrap
  • Reduce accidents
  • Reduce reworks and repair costs
  • Reduce returns and restocking costs
  • Minimize warranty expenses

 

In addition to reducing failure costs from products or services not conforming to requirements and customer needs, smart quality automation will boost your productivity, business agility, and decision making with real-time analytics.

How to Achieve Operational Excellence

Define your company’s quality goals and objectives, and then translate your quality goals into quality requirements.  Automate your quality processes, uncover inefficiencies, and establish new product processes.  Conduct employee training, create transparency, and standardization built around your company’s needs.  Finally, create custom reports for different departments, including an executive dashboard for management.  Operational excellence ensures that you’ll meet compliance, deliver high quality products, and deliver better results for your organization.

The Intellect eQMS Suite is a leader in smart quality automation with a highly agile platform to automate your business processes to match your operational needs today and tomorrow.  Intellect provides a robust pre-built CAPA application that can help you achieve your CAPA goals and objectives faster and easier than ever before.

Learn more about how the power of smart quality automation can help your organization achieve operational excellence.

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Ensuring Quality and Operational Excellence in Labs

Posted by Romeo Elias on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 09:04 AM

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New technologies are bringing transformation to most industries, especially healthcare. With our health systems going through changes caused by stricter compliance requirements and demands for running at peak performance, the weak links of the system are being identified and eradicated.

The lab environment is no different. We live in the time when increasing efficiency of any operation is the primary goal of creating innovative solutions. These solutions in turn help labs optimize their processes and evolve. However, ensuring quality and Operational Excellence in labs is no easy task, and it should be approached with patience and meticulousness. Here’s how a lab can achieve Operational Excellence and ensure quality:

Improving Accuracy

Inaccuracy in any part of the sample testing process can be a massive problem for labs. Since lab work is done in stages, every stage depends on how accurate was the one preceding it. One of the primary goals of any lab should be to cut down on errors during testing, considering the impact they have on the entire process.

It is also essential for labs to define and implement testing sequences that ensure lab tasks are all completed in the same manner, and at the same time in order. It helps make them more reliable and predictable, which are all attributes that go hand-in-hand with accuracy.

Improving Efficiency

Efficiency is such a broad issue that any area of the lab could have small (or huge) efficiency problems. To weed these issues out, you need to be aware of how all processes are being carried out and then evaluate how successful they are. Some of the usual inefficiency-related problems are wasted motion, overproduction, transportation, waiting, defects, inventory, and over processing.

Fixing these issues requires careful analysis, as well as developing an automated approach that addresses the most common inefficiency problems and neutralizes them. An automated workflow solution can be useful as it helps organizations by clearly showing where the hold-ups in the process are.

Improving Speed

While accuracy and efficiency are essential, speed is the one aspect of achieving Operational Excellence that seals the deal. By developing a streamlined process that ensures logistics are reliable and that specimens are accurately labeled, it’s possible to speed up the process. It helps clinicians begin patient care and treatment faster.

As you level the load and drive flow, you ensure that samples that arrive are tested as quickly as possible. Once you manage to consistently keep work flowing through the lab by leveling workload, and reduce throughput time by doing so, you’ll manage to improve the speed of the entire process.


Managing Quality

Achieving Operational Excellence by improving the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of lab processes has an added benefit of also making them compliant and creating a better quality assurance system. The ultimate goal of a lab when it comes to ensuring quality, as well as Operational Excellence, is to eliminate errors and create a reliable process. It is naturally in line with FDA expectations and best practices of the industry. Using QMS solutions with workflow automation and the ability to work in different modules helps quality assurance and brings it up to OE standard.

With Intellect QMS solutions, your lab can operate on the highest level of speed, efficiency, and accuracy. It ensures you’ll be able to both reach Operational Excellence and maximize quality assurance standards with careful implementation of industry best practices through QMS.

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