Reports indicate that 30 – 70% of blood transfusions are inappropriate. Inappropriate blood transfusions put patients at increased risk of post-surgical infections, multi-system organ failure, longer hospital stays, and higher mortality rates. The transfusion guidelines most clinicians learned in their training are now outdated. As such, blood transfusion practices vary widely, and overutilization remains a major quality and cost problem.
Patient Blood Management (PBM) programs are designed to optimize the use of transfusions through a team-based approach, evidence-based guidelines, and algorithms that together guide decisions regarding specifically which patients and clinical procedures warrant blood products, and how much to transfuse. PBM programs have been quite successful in improving patient morbidity and mortality outcomes and generating millions of dollars in savings for hospitals.
Laboratory analytics can be an effective means of instituting restrictive transfusion programs, and advanced lab analytics can be critical in implementing PBM programs, as lab testing and tracking blood usage is central to decision making, changing behavior, and improving performance.
Watch a presentation by Dr. Eleanor Herriman, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Viewics. She unveils a new suite of advanced analytics tools that support PBM and other restrictive blood management programs, enabling health systems to better leverage their valuable lab medicine assets and fully integrate this key service line into these programs.
Eleanor Herriman, MD, MBA is a former Senior Fellow with Professor Michael Porter at Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Prior career experience includes: market research and strategy services to the pathology and laboratory industries at G2 Intelligence, healthcare strategy consulting at Bain & Company, and multiple startup medical technology ventures. Dr. Herriman holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine and was awarded the President’s Scholarship. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration as a Baker Scholar and a Bachelors of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University, Magna Cum Laude, with a minor in bioengineering.
- How inappropriate blood transfusions are burdening our healthcare system, and the need for better utilization management tools
- New guidelines restricting red blood cell transfusions
- The role of advanced lab analytics in PBM programs
- How Viewics is leveraging advanced lab analytics to help health systems more easily and cost-effectively implement PBM programs
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