by Tim Kuruvilla
Ready or not, healthcare reform is driving significant changes in organization, delivery, and finance in the U.S. As laboratory leaders strategize to address these changes, it is clear they need to leverage their most valuable asset: data. The laboratory has been a leader of automation and digitized information within the hospital for more than a decade and, thus, has an opportunity to set the stage for the rest of the healthcare system in improving quality and decreasing costs. With current tools and processes within laboratory information systems (LIS), getting valuable information in the hands of the right people at the right time is challenging. It is crucial for laboratories to be equipped with analytics solutions that work with all their information systems and empower them to use information more effectively to survive and thrive in the ever-changing healthcare environment.
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