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Optimal Utilization of Laboratory Testing


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Hints on Improving Lab Utilization (2)

Slide 23

November 2011

Here's some other hints on improving lab utilization which is to generate data and be available to answer questions. In this situation, I would suggest you invite criticism and critique of your suggestions. For example, we just changed from BNP to NT ProBNP and we presented it to the key users of the BNP and invited criticism of our proposal. We would like to continuously give feedback to the medical staff and I continually asked our medical staff how is this change going? Next, we'd like to scrutinize our standing orders and I’m sure you’d like to do the same thing. Scrutinize your standing orders and your order sets. There may be some things like ova and parasites, other things that are built into your order sets and your standing orders that may no longer be clinically indicated. Remember, the laboratory is no longer a revenue center, in many ways it's a cost center, so you have to work with your physicians to make sure you’re ordering the right test on the right patient at the right time and for the right indication. You'd like to also scrutinize your send-out reference tests for tests that may not add value.

Hints on Improving Lab Utilization (2)


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