root cause


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root cause

The source of a problem, that is, the underlying reason that it occurred.
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The new automated method determines the most likely root cause using a "big data" technique.
Making sense of root cause analysis investigations of surgery-related adverse events.
Locating practices not sufficient: Root cause for 24% of reported damages
Second, one of the major problems that practitioners of root cause analysis face is isolating the problem.
There was no method in place to call out any problem in the medication process and solve it to root cause quickly.
We cannot assume that our favorite root causes are the right ones.
The centerpiece of the Root Cause effort was a three-day, 34 mile march from Fort Lauderdale to Miami to precede the ministerial.
If an organization engages in Root Cause Problem Elimination, it must implement the discovered solutions.
For example, data collection in actual clinical practice seldom follows the complete and carefully organized paths espoused by TQM, and the current level of technology does not permit full understanding of the root causes of many diseases.
Watchfire has opened AppScan to highlight exactly what issue was detected in which web site response, why it was detected and how it was detected--providing immediate and unmatched transparency which enables the user to efficiently understand the root cause of each vulnerability, communicate it to developers and then initiate the remediation process.
I use the term RCPE because it is a waste of good initiatives and time to only find the root cause of a problem, but not fix it.
SigmaSure RMA Insight enables OEMs' quality assurance, engineering, operations and customer service departments or even resident CFOs to easily access RMA information from these disparate database systems and gain instant views that promptly drill down to the root cause of problems.