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Mobile Technology in Critical Value Reporting
October 17, 2016 11:14 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
One of the key areas of laboratory-to-physician communication is the reporting of critical values. Since regulators and accreditation organizations define critical values as abnormal test results that are potentially life-threatening and require a rapid Read More...
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Building Effective Educational Outreach
September 21, 2016 2:57 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
In a medical office setting, the general office staff is often part of the de facto laboratory operation due to their responsibilities related to initially seeing and communicating with patients. This includes the intake and update of patient information, Read More...
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Millennials Redefine Quality
August 31, 2016 4:23 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
The impact of Millennials’ interpretations and expectations of quality service from the healthcare profession in general—and laboratories in particular—continues to grow with each passing year. Now the largest generation demographically, Millennials are Read More...
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RFID: No More Hide and Seek
July 14, 2016 6:56 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless, non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields that transfer data for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags containing electronically stored information attached to Read More...
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Value-Based Mobile Technology
June 22, 2016 2:21 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
Two powerful forces have converged to change the practice of laboratory medicine in ways never imagined a generation ago. These twin forces are the movement to value-based healthcare from the fee-for-service model and the rapid development of mobile technology, Read More...
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IQCP: Bridging QC and QA
May 11, 2016 2:50 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
It appears that there is still some confusion among laboratory personnel in differentiating QC from QA, and that this uncertainty has been compounded by the introduction and implementation of the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). These are different Read More...
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Laboratories Lead the Fight Against Zika
March 18, 2016 10:49 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
We are rapidly approaching Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, ( MLPW ), the annual celebration of the medical laboratory profession, and those who play such a vital role in the delivery of quality healthcare. It has been celebrated annually since Read More...
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Cyber Insecurity
January 29, 2016 11:42 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Last September, the FBI issued a warning that devices and objects that connect to the internet to send and receive data are vulnerable to cyber-attack. While this warning referenced many popular lifestyle devices such as smart phones and wearable fitness Read More...
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Do You Speak IT? (Part 2)
January 11, 2016 11:35 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Today, we continue with our discussion of commonly misused terms in healthcare information technology (IT). The recent and rapid development of this technology, as well as the evolving applications of these same terms, opens up the possibility of misinterpreted Read More...
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Do You Speak IT? (Part 1)
December 21, 2015 10:44 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
I recently read an interesting article 1 in Health IT and CIO Review that discussed commonly misused IT terms in the healthcare profession. The fact that these terms are misused so frequently is not solely due to misunderstanding or unfamiliarity; it Read More...
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Controlling Specimen Identification Errors: A Quiz
October 26, 2015 10:55 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
It is a well-known fact by now that most laboratory errors occur in the pre- and post-analytic phases of testing and that these errors can have a significant impact on patient care. Often, these activities do not occur within the physical confines of Read More...
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Adding New Staff to an Old Team
October 6, 2015 8:00 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Sometimes, you have the good fortune to find qualified staff within a short time to replace those who have left, minimizing the disruption to your daily routine. More often than not, it takes a while to find the “right” person for your lab. In the meantime, Read More...
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Laboratory Testing: Reflecting Our Changing Society
September 18, 2015 5:54 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
As laboratory professionals, our focus on quality begins by looking inward at our operational processes -- from specimen collection to result reporting. But the application of this work is then externalized, sent to the ordering physicians and applied Read More...
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Assess the Quality of Your Waived Testing
September 2, 2015 9:30 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
According to CMS, there were 229,815 laboratories in the U.S. , in 2012, of which 150,256 were Certificate of Waiver sites. Stated another way, this means that some 65 percent of laboratories in the U.S. do not have any routine oversight. The number of Read More...
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Apples to Apples
June 3, 2014 11:54 AM by Nancy Alers
Were you ever one of those techs that questioned the utility of parallel testing? Ok, I admit it, me too! I used to think that lot-to-lot verification, also referred to as crossover studies or parallel testing, was a nuisance, but that is because I didn’t Read More...
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