On January 27 and 28, pathologists and medical laboratory professionals gathered for the 13th Annual Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) conference. Considered the essential meeting for senior laboratory professionals, FiLM is co-produced annually by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and The Dark Report. Over the past decade, it has grown into the largest conference in Europe and addresses hot topics in the management and operation of medical laboratories and histopathology laboratories.
This year's hot topics included the discussion of opportunities for medical laboratories to aid value with laboratory testing. During both days of the FiLM conference, speakers recognized the need for medical laboratories to become more effective at delivering greater value to the physicians and patients that they serve.
Speaking directly to the ability of medical laboratories to create more value from laboratory test data, William Morice, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told FiLM attendees that every laboratory has four ways to develop a consultative laboratory practice that creates improved value from lab test data. These include:
- Technical: Respond to physicians’ questions about assistance in ordering the right laboratory tests and verifying how diagnostic technology was used to generate the data.
- Interpretative: Respond to physicians’ inquiries for assistance in interpreting data from an individual result.
- Integrative: Provide assistance to help physicians review and collate a group of individual results.
- Supportive: Interact with physicians to help with the knowledge needed to guide the selection of individual tests and appropriately answer clinical questions.
In addition to laboratory testing value, this year's FiLM conference touched on new medical laboratory standards, medical laboratory management, and the use of disruptive technologies, such as digital pathology and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
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