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A First:  Women Outnumber Men in First Year Enrollment in US Medical Schools

Shift In Gender Landscape

The Association of American Colleges reported in December that in 2017, the  number of female first year medical students exceeded the number of first year male medical students for the first time, with females comprising 50.7% of new enrollees.

Will Drones Impact Your Laboratory Testing? 

Times sure are changing!  I recently read in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology a study comparing final hematology and chemistry testing results from hematology and chemistry samples transported by drones for 3 hours vs. more traditional specimen transportation. 

The Right Tests Through Utilization Management - Part 3 

Improve test utilization and test results by partnering with reference laboratories

Partnering with reference laboratory gives you many opportunites to improve lab test utilization and produce accurate test results.  You should expect your reference laboratory to be your partner with the...

The Right Tests Through Utilization Management - Part 2

In the first post of this series we stressed how essential a partnership between the clinicians and laboratory leadership has become.  In this post we will focus on the best way for you to develop a successful program utilizing a multidisciplinary approach.  This approach should involve the...

The Right Tests Through Utilization Management - Part 1

The Laboratory Director and clinicians have important roles ensuring that the patient tests being performed are the appropriate analytes in a given clinical situation.  Laboratory leadership and clinicians need to work closely to make this a reality.  The number of analytes available for testing...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 4

Identifying lab test utilization tools for use is a solid first step towards optimized test utilization in your laboratory.  To continue down the road of success there are additional issues for you to consider.  Additional utilization strategies will help you to avoid the pitfalls of testing...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 3

Many factors may cause knowledge gaps related to laboratory utilization including: 
  • Explosive growth in the number of laboratory analytes,
  • Molecular tests show greatest percentage of growth, with estimated growth of 25% annually,
  • Lack of guidance from many laboratories to assist in...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 2

Developing an effective laboratory utilization plan for your practice does not have to be difficult. You can successfully implement utilization activities in the ambulatory setting with four major components.  These mayor keys to your success include:

    • Physician champion
    • Primary focus on...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 1

The changing healthcare environment has brought appropriate lab utilization to the forefront in medical practices.  I will review effective lab test utilization in a four part webinar series.  Join us for Part 1 - the “why” of laboratory utilization.


Cost Effective Laboratory Management: Right-sizing Your Instrumentation and Test Menus

"Cost-Effectiveness” has become the key standard when evaluating the role of the clinical laboratory in the healthcare continuum.  This is not just cost-containment; it is not just about efficiency; it is about value, defined as quality per unit of cost.   This represents the total picture of...