Patient laboratory test results are significantly over-represented in electronic medical records, but significantly under-utilized in research. An important application of laboratory data is to help improve laboratory testing and operational processes in order to benefit patient care. In this presentation, Dr. de Koning will review several laboratory data-based quality improvement initiatives and the resulting benefit to patients. Dr. de Koning will also review how laboratory data can be used to develop and validate patient risk scores for clinical decision support.
1. Understand several applications of laboratory data to quality improvement studies
2. Describe how laboratory data should be processed and analyzed in order to create prognostic risk scores