Ordering the Right Lab Test: It all begins with the Right Test Name

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Ordering the Right Lab Test: It all begins with the Right Test Name
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Description of Program Content:

Names of Lab Tests are usually chosen by pathologists and clinical scientists, often without any specific rules or guidelines. While these names make perfect sense to pathologists, they can be confusing for clinicians, who may order the wrong test, leading to delays and poorer outcomes. This webinar will discuss a national initiative to fix the problem of difficult to understand test names.

Measurable Learning Objectives 
At the end of this activity the participant will be able to:

1. Recognize that many Lab Test Utilization Management programs utilize Lab Test Name Change as a major tool
2. Recognize that the names of lab tests lead to considerable confusion in ordering
3. Analyze and participate in a process to create lab test names that are easy to understand, use, and make widely available

Presenter:  Ila Singh, MD, PhD

Ila Singh, M.D., Ph.D. serves as Chief of Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology at Texas Children’s Hospital and as tenured Professor of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Singh completed her M.D. at the University of Bombay, and her Ph.D. at Yale University. She served as the Jane Coffin Childs Fellow at Stanford University and completed her Clinical Pathology residency training at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Singh is board-certified in Clinical Pathology and in Clinical Informatics. She has special expertise in Laboratory Test Utilization management. Her research is focused on using Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning approaches to determine risk stratification, prescriptive analytics, better utilization of healthcare resources, personalized therapeutics and optimization of treatment protocols. She has started a national initiative to change the names of lab tests to those that are more rational and easily understood by clinicians.


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