Quest Diagnostics and hc1 Collaborate to Optimize Enterprise-wide Laboratory Testing for Health Systems
Quest Lab Stewardship is the result of a strategic collaboration between Quest and hc1 focused on improving costs and clinical impact of lab testing, in- and out- of hospital settings.
"While lab testing is fundamental to delivering cost-effective healthcare, opportunities remain to drive out clinical variation when looking across patient touch points in a health system. Working with hc1, we've created a solution that overcomes several of the traditional barriers to delivering real-time enterprise insights needed to drive and support at-scale optimization of lab testing," said
In recent years, health systems and hospitals have implemented "test utilization" programs to identify patterns in lab ordering trends. However, these programs often require time-consuming manual uploads of data or use platforms that cannot pull from disparate enterprise systems or provide real-time test ordering guidance.
Quest Lab Stewardship is designed to eliminate the limitations common to these programs. It integrates in real-time with enterprise systems and leverages hc1's machine learning capabilities to ingest, organize and normalize lab data, alleviating the time and effort of manual data gathering and analysis. It also provides a framework for lab directors and hospital administrators to consult with medical staff to identify areas of concern and implement compendium updates and order-prompting based on selected clinical guidelines.
Additional features include:
- Real-time enterprise system integration and data organization across electronic medical record (EMR) and laboratory information systems (LIS) systems, enabling rapid identification of problematic utilization patterns while driving proactive intervention.
- Creation of a system-wide normalized test compendium to remove the confusion of having multiple names for the same test across multiple compendia, enabling clear and precise reporting.
- Intuitively organized healthcare data, allowing leadership to analyze utilization trends for particular locations, providers, departments and tests.
- Built-in, nationally recognized medical laboratory guidelines to help lab stewardship committees design and implement real-time test order prompting linked into existing enterprise systems and workflows.
"The hc1 team is passionate about personalizing care delivery to improve outcomes and reduce medical spending," said
Advancing lab strategies for hospitals and health systems
"Lab stewardship is about more than lab testing and lowering costs of over testing. It's really about helping health systems to use lab services efficiently to deliver appropriate care while preventing the downstream consequences from unnecessary, costly procedures," said
Quest Lab Stewardship is an outgrowth of the professional lab management services of
"Quest Lab Stewardship is another way we are helping our customers to maximize the value and utility of their laboratories with technologies and expertise that enhances infrastructure and workflows that hospitals and health systems have already invested in. It's what our clients expect from Quest Diagnostic and we're excited to bring this service to market," said Freeman.
For more information, please visit www.QuestDiagnostics.com/LabStewardship
*Quest's identification of potential appropriate or inappropriate testing, including over- and under-utilization, via its Quest Lab Stewardship offering is intended as a guide to assist providers in identifying ordering patterns recommended by applicable third-party guidelines and is not intended to replace a treating provider's medical judgement, based upon evaluation of the patient.
Founded to improve lives with high-value care, hc1 has emerged as the leader in bioinformatics for precision testing and prescribing. The cloud-based hc1 Platform organizes volumes of live data, including lab results, genomics, and medications, to deliver solutions that ensure that the right patient gets the right test and the right prescription. Today, the hc1 Platform powers two flagship solutions hc1 Lab CRM™ and hc1 Test Utilization, as well as breakthrough precision prescribing innovations hc1 Opioid Advisor™ and hc1 PGx Advisor™. To learn more about hc1's proven approach to personalizing care while eliminating waste for thousands of health systems, diagnostic laboratories, and health plans, visit www.hc1.com and follow us on Twitter,
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