Tag: the electronic medical record

Pathologist’s Error and Hospital’s Cover-up Lead to CMS Investigation

CEO SUMMARY: In the latest chapter of an explosive case at the University of Kansas Medical Center that includes claims of a cancer misdiagnosis, an unnecessary surgery, and a cover-up that involves the former chair of pathology, the patient has sued for fraud, negligence, and civil conspiracy. After a whistle-blowing pathologist filed an earlier lawsuit,

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200-Analyte Medication Test Panel Adds Value for Physicians

CEO SUMMARY: Delivering more value with lab tests requires going beyond simply working with physicians to improve test utilization by focusing on unnecessary or inappropriate tests. PeaceHealth Laboratories in Oregon successfully executed a two-step strategy to add value with its testing services. First, the lab combined a proprietary test with a new care protocol to

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Fewer Blood Draws at UCSF Boost Patient Satisfaction

CEO SUMMARY: Physician residents at the UCSF School of Medicine set a target of reducing unnecessary blood draws. By eliminating needless needle sticks, the residents are focusing on patient experience while also encouraging physicians to pay more attention to the need to decrease unnecessary clinical lab testing. The goal is a 5% reduction in phlebotomy procedures for the aca- demic year 2014 to 2015, compared with the previous academic year. Early results show a decrease in phlebotomy procedures.

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HealthPartners Promotes Same-Day Lab Test Results

CEO SUMMARY: Patient focus groups told HealthPartners that they had anxiety as they waited days for lab test results. That encouraged HealthPartners to redesign workflows in its pathology department. Once it could deliver same-day lab test results electronically, HealthPartners launched a unique marketing campaign to educate consumers about this benefit in early May. Already, HealthPartners

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More Labs Opt to Use and Lab Automation

CEO SUMMARY: Many of the nation’s more innovative laboratory organizations are paying closer attention to laboratory productivity and operational performance. To achieve improved operations, these labs are putting three tools to greater use. They are using targeted automation solutions and giving middleware a greater role in the effort to squeeze ever more productivity from every

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Conference Speeches Offer Useful Insights

CEO SUMMARY: There is an interesting dichotomy between Asia and North America. The same problems and challenges exist in both regions—declining reimbursement and budgets, labor force issues, and the need to spend more for new diagnostic technology. Yet laboratories in both regions see automation from different perspectives. Here’s a summary of several presentations given at

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Lab Integration At Geisinger Contributes to Better Outcomes

CEO SUMMARY: There have been two benefits from the use of sophisticated laboratory informatics at the laboratory division of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. Benefit one is a standardized, fully-integrated lab information system that collects all lab test results, including point-of- care, into a single data repository that feeds Geisinger’s electronic medical record. The

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