Why is Test Utilization so Important?
The clinical laboratory has an important and expanding role in ensuring that laboratory tests are appropriately utilized in clinical practice. Laboratories are discovering that they are well positioned to provide medical guidance and direction for clinicians who are trying to maneuver their way through the increasingly complex world of laboratory testing, including genetic-driven diagnostics and therapeutics.
There are literally thousands of laboratory tests that clinicians might request as they evaluate a particular patient, but it is difficult, if not impossible, for any one individual to be proficient in all areas of medicine.
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Common Misconceptions About Test Utilization
James S. Hernandez, MD, MS, Medical Director of Laboratories, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, discusses common misconceptions about laboratory test utilization. Download the transcript.