Tuesday, August 10, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern

Laboratory professionals often feel over-worked and underappreciated and are constantly dealing with staff shortages and healthcare industry changes. Being continually asked to “do more with less” in a challenging career can lead to burnout and frustration. And, this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic created an even greater demand for qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Because lab results are vital in providing data to providers, timeliness and accuracy are key factors in the success of medical laboratory professionals. The workforce shortage hampers the ability of laboratories to meet testing demands, which can pose problems for patient care. As job openings continue to outpace new graduates, labs are challenged to innovate and find new ways to improve overall efficiency and productivity in order to “do more with less.”

This webinar will discuss the current healthcare and laboratory landscape and the ongoing shortage of qualified laboratory professionals. The speaker will share methods that successful labs are using to adapt and thrive within a dynamic healthcare environment, including recruitment and retention examples. Lastly, the webinar will delve into the concept of leveraging your Laboratory Information System (LIS) to boost productivity, with a special focus on the value and benefit of result autoverification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe relevant trends within the current healthcare and laboratory industry markets.
  • Define reasons for the shortage of trained laboratory professionals and explore staff retention strategies.
  • Recognize tactics being used by successful laboratories to thrive in a dynamic healthcare landscape.
  • Examine the value of your LIS as a productivity tool, including appraisal of the benefits of result autoverification.

About the Speaker

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Kim Futrell, MT(ASCP), MSHI
Sr Strategic Marketing Manager
Orchard Software

Kim has a bachelor’s degree in biology, is an ASCP-certified Medical Technologist, and has a Master of Science in Health Informatics. With Orchard Software, Kim is a contributing author for numerous laboratory-related magazines and Orchard’s white papers series, intended to educate and inform laboratorians of current, relevant industry topics and promote the value and importance of the laboratory.

Orchard Software is a proud sponsor of this P.A.C.E®-accredited opportunity on behalf of Whitehat Communications.