Lean Six Sigma and other methods helping laboratories cut costs and boost quality

“Cash is King!” aptly describes how most clinical labs and pathology groups are working to squeeze additional cost savings from operations during the final months of 2009. In fact, with a full quarter left in the year, nimble lab executives and managers still have plenty of remaining time to implement cost-saving initiatives that can produce savings of several tens of thousands of dollars less than budgeted spending before December 31, 2009.

That makes it perfect that the 3rd annual Lab Quality Confab on Quality Management in Diagnostic Medicine takes place on September 29-30, 2009 at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. For lab managers serious about producing substantial results during the fourth quarter of 2009, the Confab is the ultimate one-stop resource for Lean, Six Sigma, ISO, and all the tools and tricks of rapid process improvement (RPI).


Action-oriented lab leaders who attend will learn “best of class” methods to swiftly and confidently cut wasteful spending and lift the lab’s operational performance. Innovative laboratories from across the country will tell how they did it and teach you the best ways to generate big cost savings in your own lab. You’ll hear and meet:

  • Want to collect more of your lab’s money faster from payers?
    That was the goal at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, when it streamlined the patient registration process specifically to improve laboratory collections. Bill Romanelli will share the specific steps that rapidly generated a higher rate of collections while speeding up claims payments from health insurers at the same time!
  • Ready to leverage lab automation to produce big cost savings and faster TAT?
    You’ll hear April Gamache of Life Labs in Toronto, Ontario, describe how one of the largest labs in North America incorporated new automation solutions with Lean work flow redesign techniques to lift productivity with equally substantial cost savings!
  • Interested in “Going Green” while cutting costs?
    Here’s a first-ever session on how laboratories can pursue green goals while enjoying improved productivity through better laboratory design and layout. Architects Vassilios I. Nicolaou and Lou Pallay of Karlsberger Laboratory & Technology Group, Columbus, Ohio, will offer state-of-the-art approaches.

And there’s more! For readers of this Dark Daily e-briefing, mention “Dark Daily” at registration and Lab Quality Confab will extend you the early bird discount through next Friday, September 25! These substantial registration savings are our way of helping your lab gain access to all the knowledge, experts, and resources you need to produce major savings in your lab during the last quarter of 2009.

These sessions are crafted specifically to help you achieve three simultaneous goals: One, to achieve substantial cost savings; two, to swiftly boost productivity; and, three, to sustain or increase quality. It is why you and your lab team should attend this year’s Lab Quality Confab on Quality Management in Diagnostic Medicine on September 29-30, 2009 at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

These 40+ sessions and topics cover the full range of laboratory and pathology operations, ranging from specimen collection and courier logistics to using Lean with automation in the high-volume core laboratory. Poster sessions will take place, and national awards and prizes totaling $4,000 will be awarded. To see topics, speakers, and all the events at Lab Quality Confab, visit http://www.labqualityconfab.com.
To register for Lab Quality Confab, visit http://www.labqualityconfab.com/register.htm.

Your laboratory has the time and the resources to produce substantial cost savings in the remaining months of 2009. For that reason, you should make plans today to join us at Lab Quality Confab. This comprehensive event is your one-stop resource to launch your clinical lab and pathology group on the fast-track to impressive cost savings and world-class performance. Reserve your place at Lab Quality Confab today!

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