On Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at 2:00 pm (Eastern), the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) presents an audioconference on how laboratories can improve the reporting of critical results.
The timely and accurate reporting of critical test values to clinicians is an important aspect of patient safety with studies showing that physicians act on 65% of the critical test results that are communicated to them, often making changes to therapy that save patients' lives. Accrediting organizations and health care administrators have targeted this area of laboratory management for continuous quality improvement. The audioconference will feature three expert speakers:
- Jay Jones, PhD, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA
- Kent B. Lewandrowski, MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA
- Anand S. Dighe, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
The speakers will describe the approaches that laboratories can take to develop lists or tiers of critical test values and how information systems can make the process more efficient. They will also outline the new technologies that are enabling laboratories to provide information to clinicians more rapidly, efficiently and reliably. During the audioconference, participants will be polled on the processes they use to report critical values and the data gathered will be shared before the audioconference ends to provide instant feedback on current trends.
AACC invites members of the press to participate in the audioconference at no charge. Contact Peter Patterson at (800) 892-1400 x1718 for more information.
This program supported by an educational grant from Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics