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 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...

Cost Effective Laboratory Management: Staffing Strategies

Labor accounts for 50% to 70% of direct clinical laboratory cost; thus the management of staffing levels is central to overall laboratory management expenses. With too high a staffing level, laboratory operations are inefficient; too low a staffing level increases the potential for errors or...