Strategies for Laboratory Professionals to Drive Lab Stewardship to Reduce Cost, Eliminate Waste, and Improve Patient Care
Laboratory testing is typically the single highest-volume medical activity in a health system and plays a major role in driving clinical decision-making. Laboratory diagnostics are, however, highly variable and filled with opportunities for health systems to increase appropriate testing while reducing waste.
Achieving the aims of higher quality and lower cost depends on the laboratory community taking a central role in improving effective test utilization. Creating successful laboratory stewardship partnerships is critical in today’s healthcare environment and aligns with the essential healthcare pillars of quality, cost, and service.
During our live Strategies for Laboratory Professionals to Drive Lab Stewardship to Reduce Cost, Eliminate Waste, and Improve Patient Care webinar, Wesley B. Wong M.M.M.,M.D., hc1 Director of Clinical Affairs, and Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, Quest Diagnostic Senior Medical Director Medical Affairs, spoke to the possibility for laboratory stewardship to identify opportunities to close gaps in care.