Declining Nationwide Demand for Blood Products Is a Positive Trend for Hospitals and Their Medical Laboratories

Pathologists and blood bankers in many hospitals are finding it easier to manage costs because, for a variety of reasons, utilization of blood and blood products has declined in recent years

Demand for blood products is declining across the nation. This is a positive trend for pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals who manage blood banks in hospitals and health systems throughout the United States.

In recent decades, blood banks regularly worried about blood shortages, particularly in light of the aging population. However, a host of new medical technologies and clinical advances has dramatically reduced the utilization of blood products. (more…)

More Clinical Pathology Laboratories Use Middleware for Business Intelligence and Lab-specific Customer Relationship Management

CRM is a new product category for medical laboratory middleware and delivers real-time dashboards that drive higher levels of lab performance and client service

Within the clinical laboratory industry, there’s an interesting conjunction of two fast-moving trends. One trend is the growing use of middleware by medical laboratories of all sizes. The second trend is the goal of converting any type of manual work process in the lab into an automated work process.

These trends often intersect when clinical laboratories and pathology groups use middleware to automate manual processes. One common example is when a lab purchases a middleware solution that handles auto-validation. After implementation, auto-validation eliminates the need for medical technologists to manually review all the individual test results. (more…)