NOV 01, 2016 7:00 AM PDT

Clinical Laboratory Workflow: The Impact of the "3 Rs"

  • Director of Scientific Affairs, Flow Cytometry; Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
      Prior to joining the Beckman Coulter team in 2013, Dr. Holden was Associate Professor and Director of Hematopathology & Flow Cytometry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where she ran a hematopathology reference laboratory providing expert consultation service in microscopy, flow cytometric immunophenotyping, fluorescence in situ hybridization, cytogenetics, and molecular diagnostics. She currently serves as Past President for the International Clinical Cytometry Society (ICCS), and is actively involved with both the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry and the European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis. She is also past chair of the ICCS Advocacy Committee and serves as the ICCS Liaison to the College of American Pathologists' Diagnostic Immunology Resource Committee. Dr. Holden's combined deep experience in diagnostics, laboratory management, education, and regulatory and reimbursement strategy is unique. Dr. Holden received her undergraduate degree from University of Virginia, her MD from Emory University School of Medicine where she also completed training in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology, and her MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.


    DATE:  November 1, 2016
    TIME:  7:00am PT, 10:00am ET

    Clinical laboratories are under increasing pressure from three sources: reimbursement, regulatory, and resource. Reimbursement is the most pressing issue for many labs: whether in a fully-bundled, capitated environment or in a fee-for-service setting, laboratories are being asked to decrease their operating expenses. Key to doing so is understanding the relative contributions of labor and consumables. Laboratory-developed tests are particularly labor-intense, with labor accounting for over 70% in many instances.  Increasingly rigorous regulatory requirements are another concern, particularly in geographies where laboratory-developed tests are under scrutiny.  Meeting regulatory requirements will place demands on both time and expertise. Resource, specifically human resource, is the third challenge for clinical laboratories. The medical technologist labor pool is simultaneously shrinking and aging, and competition for this increasingly scarce resource contributes to the overall cost of laboratory operation. Training, particularly in laboratories that perform high complexity, laboratory-developed tests, is an additional cost that affects both bottom line and productivity.
    In this webinar we will:

    • Describe the three sources of pressure, their underlying drivers, and the ways in which they’re interconnected
    • Discuss the “8 Wastes” in the context of the laboratory
    • Provide tips for assessing impact of waste
    • Show examples of streamlined workflows that emphasize both efficiency and quality patient care

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