The future of healthcare will put patient health outcomes at the center of reimbursement—a concept that is commonly known as value for service. Even as far back as 2009, Michael Porter wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, “The central focus must be on increasing value for patients—the health outcomes achieved per dollar spent.”1
As home-based healthcare initiatives continue to expand, different models will require and benefit from different types of interactions with clinical laboratories. Dr. Michelle Parker discusses the significant role laboratories play in the expansion of home-based care—from central laboratories overseeing pre-analytical testing to POCT teams that select and approve appropriate devices.
Adil Khan, MSc, PhD, director of point-of-care testing at Temple University Hospital, discusses the challenges of training a diverse group of end users to perform POCT accurately; and shares an inspection preparation checklist for POCT operators.
Clinical Laboratory News
In the Best in KLAS report for 2018, Orchard Software was again ranked the #1 LIS vendor in the Community Hospital/Ambulatory Laboratory category. In 2014, KLAS combined the Community (200 beds and smaller) and Ambulatory categories into one called Community Hospital/Ambulatory.
For the 2018 award, Orchard received an overall score of 85.9 out of 100 in the Community Hospital/Ambulatory category.
In the Large Laboratory category (non-ambulatory facilities and hospitals over 200 beds), Harvest LIS was rated an impressive 93.3. Orchard’s score of 93.3 was higher than all other LIS vendors in this category; however, the number of surveys completed on Orchard by KLAS for 2018 was not enough to meet the minimum KLAS "Konfidence" level.
Overall, KLAS is actively tracking around 900 products from numerous vendors and has been compiling data on healthcare IT products and service since 1996.