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An Introduction to Test Utilization


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Curtis A. Hanson, MD, a hematopathologist and chair, Practice Optimization Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic, discusses our test utilization program. Download the transcript.

What is Test Utilization and Who Does it Benefit?

Test utilization is a strategy for performing appropriate laboratory and pathology testing with the goal of providing high-quality, cost-effective patient care. Appropriate laboratory test ordering is an essential part of continuous quality improvement.

The knowledge gained from test utilization strategies can be used by the laboratory and shared with physicians to ensure that:

  • Correct tests are ordered for the correct patients
  • Best test methodologies are utilized
  • Accuracy and quality remain high, ensuring the best medical care

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