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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 response from caregivers, any steps taken to improve this process impacts the quality of ...
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, test ordering, specimen acquisition,
labeling and initial handling, as well as ...
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 objects. An RFID system has two basic components: a reader
and one or more uniquely ...
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, allowing for continuous healthcare
monitoring of patients beyond the clinical ...
When we discuss all the changes that laboratories have to
deal with—from technical and regulatory to evolving views of healthcare
delivery and service expectations—we must include how these affect customer
service. Customer service is involved in every phase of the laboratory operation;
it is the face of the laboratory and, thus, reflects ...
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 use. It’s important to
ensure that we are all on “the same page” when using these ...
I recently read an interesting article1 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 reflects how new the field of healthcare IT is and how the
meaning and interpretation of this ...
A little while ago I wrote a blog in which I referred to a great, balanced, intelligent article written about the medical laboratory and printed in The US News and World Report. That article was remarkable by its rarity. I asked my readers to respond directly to the writer, thanking her for a positive article. Many of ...
It is extremely important to get back to basics in whatever
we do. This simple edict is so often ignored because- well, because it is so
basic. We tend to go for the complicated and glitzy. I thought about this
truism when the CDC issued its new
more rigorous guidelines this past Monday.
There is nothing really complicated about the ...
most recent Ebola Virus outbreak has made the national news. This
highly contagious virus of the family Filoviridae,
genus Ebolavirus causes a hemorrhagic illness that approaches 90 percent mortality. This latest episode
in West Africa has claimed
the lives of over 600 people, but has made the news largely because it is ...