The challenges associated with getting lab results in front of clinicians and patients is a lot like peeling an onion. Everytime you peel back a layer, another challenge awaits. And, if you don’t keep going-even when the stench starts to burn your eyes-you might never completely solve the problem.
Here’s the rub: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, approximately 7 billion lab tests are performed in the United States annually. These lab tests are a critical element in patient care, affecting about 70 to 80 percent of clinical decisions.
Mccormack, John, Health Data Management, 19(3)