MAY 28, 2014 06:00 AM PDT

How to Improve Healthcare with More Effective Clinical Laboratory Test Utilization

  • Project Lead for the Clinical Laboratory Integration into Health Care Collaboration (CLIHC), Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, an
      Julie received her B.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Alabama focusing on research in bacterial genetics then completed her M. S. and Ph.D. in microbiology at Auburn University where she studied immunity to bacteria and parasites. She gained experience in virology during a postdoctoral program at Emory University School of Medicine.  Throughout her years of working in the private sector in laboratory and clinical research settings, Julie has identified, developed and completed programs addressing unmet needs in health care.    Her accomplishments include patents and FDA- or USDA- licensed medical devices, vaccines, and diagnostics.  She has developed both commercial and research diagnostics for detecting antigens, antibodies and cellular immunity. Julies research experience includes the areas of virology, immunology, parasitology, mycology, genetics and oncology.  She has worked nationally and internationally with professionals from hospitals, long term and home care institutions, academic institutions, medical device and pharmaceutical industries, State Public Health Departments, the World Health Organization, and the International Organization of Standards.  She has also served as a reviewer for health care journals.  These professional partnerships have resulted in journal publications, healthcare standards, and training programs.   Julie is currently the Project Lead for the Clinical Laboratory Integration into Health Care Collaboration (CLIHC)TM from the Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She coordinates programs to improve laboratory quality by enhancing the capacity, infrastructure, and capabilities of laboratories worldwide.   


    Due to the large increase in the number and complexity of clinical laboratory tests, optimal use of laboratory testing services has presented many challenges. The Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative (CLIHC) TM, composed of expert physicians and laboratory professionals, and supported by the Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards and Services at CDC, is addressing these challenges with several approaches. The session will provide information and tools produced by CLIHCTM initiatives to improve laboratory test utilization, including development of test algorithms and mobile applications for test selection. Participants will learn about physicians challenges in laboratory test selection and result interpretation ( as well as gaps in laboratory medicine training in medical schools. Data presented on both topics are based on national surveys conducted by CDCs CLIHCTM program. In this session, tools will be provided to assist in managing clinical laboratory test utilization.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Describe the challenges physicians face for laboratory test selection and result interpretation
    2) Identify at least three tools that can be used to assist physicians in improving test utilization for better patient care
    3) Define the gaps in medical school curricula that could be remedied to improve physicians knowledge of laboratory medicine.

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