Recently published White Paper reveals steps clinical laboratories can take to increase revenue and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace

As independent and hospital-based medical laboratories navigate against the headwinds of shrinking reimbursement levels, it is critical for labs to not only strengthen their relationships with current clientele, but also to grow their client base A monumental shift is underway within the medical laboratory industry. Given today’s healthcare landscape, accurate testing is no longer enough for labs to remain competitive—fierce competition, falling reimbursement rates, and new quality-based care...

Clinical Laboratories Considering Total Laboratory Automation Are Increasingly Using Lean Methods to Develop Proposals, Select a Vendor, and Implement the Solution

Top-performing medical laboratories are using Lean to help craft RFPs, evaluate TLA options, then implement the automated systems to achieve optimal quality and productivity In recent years, there’s been a big change in how clinical laboratories purchase total laboratory automation (TLA) solutions, and then integrate this automation into their lab operations. Using a strategy that is somewhat off the radar, top-performing medical laboratories will purchase and install TLA only after applying...

Innovative Clinical Pathology Laboratories Are Adding Value to Pharmacogenomic Test Reports to Help Physicians Better Interpret and Act upon the Results

There’s even a company called Translational Software providing a service to incorporate enriched information about such tests into the reports that labs deliver to doctors Personalized medicine is the good news story in healthcare and clinical laboratory medicine today. Armed with new understanding about the human genome, physicians are able to customize therapies for patients that will produce the best outcomes while avoiding or minimizing the negative side effects associated with many common...

How Medical Laboratories Help Physicians Overcome the Failure of Many EHR Systems to Support Effective Lab Test Ordering and Lab Result Reporting

Innovative clinical laboratories are not only rethinking traditional LIS-to-EHR interfaces with their client physicians, but they are also helping to streamline physicians’ workflow Most clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups would welcome a fast (“easy-on”), cheap, and effective method that enables electronic lab test ordering and lab test reporting between physician’s offices and medical laboratories. The goal is to create the seamless interface between the electronic health...

New Trend in Use of Real-Time Management Dashboards Gives Clinical Laboratories Ability to Achieve Improved Quality and Faster Test TAT

Evidence is emerging that medical laboratories using the ‘daily management’ approach can outperform other labs, even those using Lean methods Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are information-rich environments. Yet, there is irony in the fact that—in response to financial pressures and incentives to improve the quality of medical laboratory testing services—most of the nation’s clinical labs cannot tap that rich vein of information to support performance improvement goals....