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Optimal Utilization of Laboratory Testing

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November 2011

Appropriate laboratory test utilization provides important information for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients. Increasingly, laboratory professionals are called upon to provide guidance in test utilization management. Efforts should be evidence-based with a clear rationale for testing, including the judicious use of protocols and algorithms. This is an opportunity for laboratories to work cooperatively with ordering clinicians to accomplish this goal.


  • James S. Hernandez, MD, MS, Medical Director of Laboratories and Chair of the
    Division of Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona. He is also an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.

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