In the May/June issue of Medical Lab Management, Jane Hermansen, MBA, MT(ASCP), network manager for Mayo Medical Laboratories, bylined an article on the effects of quality assurance (QA) in the laboratory. Within the clinical laboratory, Mayo Medical Laboratories has historically focused QA efforts on maintaining analytic quality and patient safety, improving turnaround times, or increasing departmental efficiency.
Hermansen discusses the value of a systematic approach to using QA and considering the point of view of a patient seeking to access aspects of a laboratory outreach program. According to Hermansen, there are several important, qualitative points of contact that directly impact engagement and satisfaction, including:
- Access to information about the laboratory, its line of services, and its accessibility (advertising, print and, online resources)
- The patient’s experience at the physical Patient Service Center (draw site), including phlebotomy
- Access to test results, including timeliness and clarity
- Satisfaction with fees and billing processes
Additionally, Hermansen also discussed the importance of fostering patient satisfaction and effectively managing quality assurance projects. She explains a common tool used, DMAIC, which stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control.
Read the full article to learn more about using quality assurance in outreach programs.