Simplifying laboratory hematology: Implementing data-driven solutions to increase quality and efficiency
12 May 2022

From laboratory information systems (LIS) to middleware, IT has clearly established itself as the backbone of the clinical laboratory. While the utility of IT is undeniable, so is its complexity, often requiring considerable expertise to properly align informatic solutions with the goals of laboratorians.

This challenge is even more evident in hematology, with specialized needs that set it apart from other core lab testing. However, modern data management software is making it easier to increase standardization throughout the lab, in turn elevating quality and efficiency benchmarks in hematology to match high-volume testing counterparts such as chemistry and immunoassay.

In this SelectScience webinar, see how the lab at Swedish Hospital in Chicago has changed its practices to streamline hematology result management, implement robust autovalidation, and integrate Quality Control (QC) processes to optimize the service they provide and reduce the workload burden on their staff.

Key learning objectives

  • Describe how laboratory information systems and middleware can differ in functionality and why both should share a place in a lab’s IT mix
  • Understand how best to configure multidisciplinary middleware solutions so that critical information (incl. hematology data) is brought to the forefront and matches the needs of individual users
  • Demonstrate how reference ranges, delta checking, QC, and instrument flagging can be combined to form powerful rule sets for autovalidation of hematology results
  • Recognize the impact an advanced IT approach to hematology has on turnaround times, reflexive testing and review rates, and staff utilization

Who should attend?

  • Clinicians, laboratorians, specialists, healthcare professionals
  • Government decision-makers

Certificate of attendance

All webinar participants can request a certificate of attendance, including a learning outcomes summary, for continuing education purposes.

Learning level

Intermediate: Refresher course; some basic knowledge required – for the experienced staff technologists with some years of experience.

Accreditation statement

SelectScience is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. Attendees of this one-hour webinar are also entitled to 1.0 ACCENT Continuing Education Credits from the AACC. This activity was planned in accordance with ACCENT® Standards and Policies. Verification of Participation certificates are provided to registered participants based on completion of the activity, in its entirety, and the activity evaluation. For questions regarding continuing education, please email education@aacc.org.

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