How Effective Test Utilization Can Enhance Patient Safety

Cardinal Health Lab Briefings webinar series

This webinar is presented by Elissa Passiment, MT(ASCP), EDM, Senior Partner, EP Clinical Laboratory Consulting.


Utilization of laboratory services is of constant concern because of the cost to our health care system, drain on laboratory resources, and waste of valuable time in diagnosing, treating and managing patients. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that patient safety issues also must be considered.  

This presentation will report on the progress of the CDC project known as the Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative (CLIHC). This project has been examining how physicians order laboratory tests, what they need to be able to order appropriately and what gaps need to be filled by laboratory professionals. These projects give us a better understanding on what clinicians know about laboratory science and medicine.

This presentation will also examine several different approaches to controlling utilization and discuss how to implement utilization programs. The “how” is very dependent on many factors, several of which will be described, that exist in every healthcare setting.



Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative (CLIHC) project.
  2. Discuss instances of miscommunication, poor utilization of laboratory services and patient consequences.
  3. Analyze barriers and solutions currently being discussed in various institutions.
  4. Evaluate implementation processes that might be useful in your setting.


Intended audience

This continuing education credit is intended for use by clinical laboratory professionals who are interested in learning more about how patient safety can be enhanced with effective test utilization.


Take the course and obtain CE credits

Attend this basic level webinars at no cost. This webinar is managed by Whitehat Communications and offer one P.A.C.E.® Continuing Education contact hour1 for up to six months after the live event.

One P.A.C.E® credit is available upon completion of the course: How Effective Test Utilization Can Enhance Patient Safety

P.A.C.E.® credits are widely recognized in the clinical laboratory profession and can be used to fulfill most continuing education requirements.

1 Whitehat Communications is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.