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This book explores the many recent advances in the application of quality improvement approaches in the healthcare industry. It includes a discussion of the underlying forces for change in healthcare organizations, issues relating to statistical analysis and management of healthcare information, as well as comprehensive sections on lean and six sigma applications in health care. This text is excellent as a stand alone text or as a supplement to the first text by Lighter and Fair, Quality Management in Health Care, which offers an introduction to the basics of quality improvement for healthcare professionals.