Clinical laboratories are swimming in data. However, many opportunities for improvement in the laboratory may go unrecognized. Studies are performed and actions are taken on common metrics like turn-around time and test volume while other, potentially more revealing metrics receive little focus. Workflows and activities, such as specimen flow, testing protocols and pre-authorizations linked to the EHR, and blood utilization tactics are examples of where opportunities exist to uncover operational efficiencies and cost savings. The ability of the clinical laboratory to effectively utilize available data will become increasingly important as the laboratory faces challenges on staffing and reimbursement. Opportunities also exist for laboratorians to utilize the data generated in their laboratories to educate providers, care teams, and patients which positively impacts patient care.
This webinar will describe three different projects that utilized unexpected data points to affect change to the laboratory workflow and clinical care.