Reimagining Workflow Following Lab Consolidation

Reimagining workflow following lab consolidation

There is always discussion about multiple laboratories. As you merge hospitals, open new clinics, consolidate and expand, the question becomes what tests are run where? Satellite lab? Core lab? Point of care?

James H. Nichols, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB, believes there isn’t one answer. Each situation is different based on each institution’s needs. But for every situation, there are core principles that can guide you.

Below, Dr. Nichols provides a basic overview, 6 "Do's and Don'ts," and a powerful wrap-up. As you face consolidation or laboratory reorganization, keep these top-of-mind to ensure your success.

Article highlights:

  • Laboratory workflow is constantly being revised in the face of mergers, consolidations and reorganization

  • James H. Nichols, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB, describes how consolidation and reorganization can be an opportunity for your laboratory to be more valuable than ever

  • Key "do's and don'ts" for where to start, managing clinicians and lab staff, instruments, transportation, and overall communication

Contributing Lab Leaders

Michael Bennett

James H. Nichols, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology; Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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1) Where to start: do’s and don’ts

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2) Clinician management: do’s and don’ts

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3) Lab staff: do’s and don’ts

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4) Sample transportation: do’s and don’ts

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5) Instruments: do’s and don’ts

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6) Goals and communication: do’s and don’ts

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Dr. Nichols' final thoughts

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