In the Fourth Quarter, Let Your Winnings Ride!

October 2019 - Vol. 8 No. 9 - Page #1

At MedicalLab Management, we are always excited to enter the fourth quarter of the year with all the associated analogies and metaphors sharing a common theme: Looking ahead while analyzing the successes and setbacks of the past year. Based on the laboratory’s progress, it is an opportune time to glance ahead and forecast project improvement initiatives expected in the next year.

Undoubtedly, your laboratory has spent significant time this past year refining practices, implementing new testing or instrumentation, and building necessary technical and workflow bridges. While challenges will always arise and persist, now is a good time to consider how the fruits of your laboratory’s labor will be appreciated. Ideally, the decision makers at your facility will be compelled to continue supporting improvements in the lab.

Benchmarking operational improvements is key to their justification in the first place, but closely comparing your operations to your peers also provides a view into the performance indicators your laboratory needs to focus on. At MLM, we are in the process of formalizing the findings of our annual State of Laboratory Technology survey, now in its sixth year. We continue to be motivated by the many laboratory directors who took the time to participate, and we are excited to share the results in our November issue. As in years past, we will present valuable benchmarking data and product usage trends in the clinical laboratory market.

In the meantime, MLM continually seeks to assist clinical laboratory directors in applying greater process controls and gaining a better understanding of how today’s breakthrough technologies can benefit the lab. In large part, doing so requires laboratory leaders to share their stories, both good and bad. We all learn from other’s successes and mistakes, so if you have led a project improvement initiative in any facet of the clinical lab, we want to hear from you and help share your story. For now, we look forward to your feedback on our forthcoming State of Laboratory Technology issue, as well as our other editorial throughout the year.

With best regards,

David McCormick
Managing Editor


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