Welcome to AHRMM's health care supply chain Lexicon. This database contains terms used throughout the health care supply chain field. Simply click on the link to access the entire definition.

AHRMM thanks Kate Vitasek and Supply Chain Visions for their contribution of certain terms to the Lexicon. Terms supplied by Supply Chain Visions are used with permission. Supply Chain Vision’s Glossary of Supply Chain Management Terms appears on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals website. AHRMM also acknowledges Michael B. Neely with Perimeter Solutions Group for his role in developing health care-specific terms.

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  • QC

    See Quality Control
  • QFD

    See Quality Function Deployment
  • QR

    See Quick Response
  • QS 9000

    A quality certification program used in the automotive industry which is based on the ISO 9000 standards.
  • Qualifier

    A data element, which identifies or defines a related element, set of elements or a segment. The qualifier contains a code from a list of approved codes.
  • Qualitative Forecasting Techniques

    A forecasting method where intuition or judgment is required typically due to the lack of hard quantitative facts. An example is where a new product is being introduced.
  • Quality

    The degree to which a set of defined characteristics of a product or service fulfills known requirements. The common element of the business definitions is that the quality of a product or service refers to the perception of the degree to which the product or service meets the customer's expectations. Quality has no specific meaning unless related to a specific function and/or object. Quality is a perceptual, conditional and somewhat subjective attribute.