Reduce unwarranted variations for continuous improvement


Unwarranted variations in healthcare are expensive and have been a problem for a long time. They can lead to inaccurrate diagnoses, inefficient workflows, and high costs. The reduction of unwarranted variations is one of the biggest opportunities to improve outcomes while reducing costs.

We support a continuous improvement process to eliminate the five key sources of unwarranted variations:

Monitor & Innovate
  1. Consensus on best-practice standards
    Achieve consensus on best-practice standards while implementing continuous improvements.
  2. Adapt to patients' individual needs
    Reduce unwarranted variations by adapting technology To patients' individual needs.
  3. Support operator through automation
    Reduce operator variations by increasing levels of automation.
  4. Assist decision-making of physician
    Reduce variations in care paths by assisting decision-making of physicians.
  5. Enable reproducibility of technology
    Reduce unwarranted variations by implementing reproducible technology.

Key document

A white paper on how to ‘”Reduce unwarranted variations” with Brent James, MD, MPH

Insights series – issue 1: This white paper authored by Brent James, MD, MPH, together with experts from Siemens Healthineers, outlines how unwarranted variations can be reduced. Suggesting a novel five-step approach and required key executive actions, it is a guide for hospital CEOs on how to achieve positive, sustainable change in their organizations.


Get a quick overview on “Reduce unwarranted variations”.


The Path to Higher-Value Care: How healthcare providers unlock the power of precision medicine.

Read more

 Download the report here 


Professor Cripps shares his thoughts on “Harnessing the power of variation“.


Here are some tools that can help to reduce unwarranted variations: