Team-Tested Practices
Tualatin Clinic Lab. Phlebotomist Jeanene Peters; Lab Supervisor Ben Hofilena; Phlebotomist Mollie Lucero. LU 49; Med Lab Tech Brandy Dowling. OFNHP; Phlebotomist Ervin Ramky and Medical Lab Tech Laura Schneider. OFNH

Pictured left to right is the Tualatin Clinic Lab team: Phlebotomist Jeanene Peters; Lab Supervisor Ben Hofilena; Phlebotomist Mollie Lucero. LU 49; Med Lab Tech Brandy Dowling. OFNHP; Phlebotomist Ervin Ramky and Medical Lab Tech Laura Schneider. OFNH.

Go on Point to Reduce Missing Lab Orders

Lab patients without orders waste time and money. The Tualatin Medical Office in the Northwest region estimated it spent as much as $18,000 a month to chase missing orders. The dropped orders occurred at any number of departments that were involved in a patient's care, so the team created a "point person" to work with the physician and with the various departments to ensure each patient had the requisite orders. They also had someone backing up this role for cover. The team reduced monthly missing orders from 37 to 23 and estimated $18,000 in savings over 21 locations.

What Got Results

  • Assigning a point person to work with physicians and departments to ensure patients have the needed lab orders
  • Coordinating efforts across the multiple departments that engage in a patient's treatment
  • Assigning a backup assistant to ensure the point duties are covered
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