This white paper, the second of three developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Laboratories, explores the risk of deploying a homegrown (vs. third-party) decision support solution. Using evidence-based guidelines to manage test utilization for the hospital laboratory can result in better, more cost-effective care.
- Organizations must think critically and move carefully before initiating any decision-support projects, including those for laboratory systems.
- Laboratory stewardship—or the ability to actively manage testing utilization to improve outcomes and control costs—is essential to success in a value-based environment.
- The key question is whether the hospital should build the system themselves or look to an external vendor.
- Without the ability to measure existing utilization across both test type and provider—and to quantify guideline adherence and project costs—the benefit of decision support is limited.