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Optimal Utilization of Laboratory Testing

Use of Algorithms

Slide 10

November 2011

The use of algorithms can be quite helpful. They can provide guidance and they may reduce unnecessary testing. They can lead to actual faster diagnosis sometimes physicians believe if they order everything as once. What I call spaghetti in a bowl approach. Put all your tests in a bowl of spaghetti, throw them against the wall and see what sticks. That actually could be very timely and cost ineffective. Instead if you follow a rational thorough algorithm that has been well thought out, that can help you to rule in or rule out the entity. Our test algorithms are available at There are other algorithms that are locally developed that I'll tell you about later in this presentation.

Use of Algorithms


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