Canadian Province of Ontario Makes Progress on Standardizing EORLA’s 19 Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Regional laboratory network wants to standardize lab test menus, methods, and LIS

In Canada’s Ontario Province, an ambitious effort to create a single, multi-site regional clinical pathology laboratory system is moving forward. Called the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, Inc., (EORLA), it involves the clinical laboratories of 19 hospitals.

EORLA’s current clinical goals and business objectives reflect the experience of almost 25 years of laboratory cost-cutting and consolidation in Ontario. It was the mid-1980s when the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care began enacting measures to control the cost of clinical laboratory and pathology testing.