Tag: pathology specimen

QMS Helps Ontario Labs Cut Errors, Improve TAT

CEO SUMMARY: In Brampton and Etobicoke, Ontario, the hospital laboratories of William Osler Health System are using the quality management system of ISO 15189 to stay ahead of two powerful trends. Combining the QMS with Lean methods allows the labs’ management and staff to continuously improve performance in four important dimensions: decreasing turnaround times, reducing

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Shaw & Adelman Successful Support of Lab Networks Need Hospital Leadership

CEO Summary: In the second installment of our exclusive two- part interview, the executive directors of two regional laboratory networks formed in the 1990s (one in Michigan and one in Washington State) share their assessment of why their respective lab networks have performed strongly over the past two decades. They also identify the reasons why

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AP Labs in Doc’s Clinics Now an Established Fact

CEO SUMMARY: It started about eight years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. Specialist physicians, particularly urologists and gastroenterologists, have learned about the benefits of operating their own in-clinic anatomic pathology laboratories. One-by-one, these specialty practices are investing in this ancillary service. As they do, local pathology groups lose access to these tissue

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How In-Clinic Path Lab Benefits GI Practice

CEO SUMMARY: In Manassas, Virginia, a five-physician gastroenterology group is using its in-clinic anatomic pathology laboratory to advance patient care, while boosting revenue associated with this ancillary service. In this exclusive interview, the group’s physician business leader shares the different ways that this in-house pathology service benefits both patients and physicians. Patients like the faster

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Multispectral Tests Use “Smart” Systems To Analyze Tissue

CEO Summary: Pathologists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are using a new system that combines image analysis software and algorithms to evaluate images containing numerous stains and biomarkers. Pathologists teach the system to identify tumor cells and distinguish them from non-tumor cells. Now used for research purposes, this sophisticated digital pathology system

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Using Lean at Henry Ford Transforms Pathology TAT

CEO SUMMARY: Long-standing work flow traditions in anatomic pathology provide fertile ground for improvement with Lean and similar process improvement methods. That was the case at Henry Ford Health System, where empowered teams in the pathology laboratory employed the principles of single-piece/small batch work flow, “pull”, and standard work. The outcomes were reduced defects, improved

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Cytology Lab Uses Lean to Simplify Processes

CEO SUMMARY: Like many labs today, the gynecologic cytology laboratory at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics had a pre- and post-analytical work flow with many complex steps. This work flow—heavily influenced by a legacy of previous information systems—was inefficient, contained unnecessary redundancies, and lacked systematic measures for preventing errors. That all changed when

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Pathology Boot Camp to Address Three Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Anatomic pathology groups across the nation must develop effective strategies to address challenges in pricing, intensifying competition, and expensive new technologies. That’s the assertion of three pathology practice administrators who have organized a boot camp in Dallas next month specifically to train other practice administrators and managers. This event will provide administrators from

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