University of Missouri Health Care—Mayo Medical Laboratories Collaboration Will Benefit Patients, Providers

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University of Missouri Health Care has selected Mayo Medical Laboratories as its primary reference laboratory for advanced laboratory testing. The collaboration will make test results available to providers and patients faster through MU Health Care’s electronic medical record. It is also expected to save MU Health Care more than $1 million annually.

This agreement provides MU Health Care physicians and staff with access to Mayo Clinic’s extensive menu of more than 4,000 laboratory tests in every subspecialty of medicine. Also, MU Health Care laboratories and practitioners will be able to speak directly with Mayo physicians and scientists to review patient test orders and interpret results.

Specimens obtained at MU Health Care will be transported via air to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with results often available the following day through a computer interface that enters the information directly into each patient’s medical record. Additionally, Mayo Medical Laboratories will work closely with MU Health Care to enhance the test menu of MU-performed tests through a suite of consultation and support services.

“Mayo Medical Laboratories will help us build on and diversify in-house lab testing at MU Health Care,” says William Miller, M.D., director of clinical laboratories and transfusion medicine for MU Health Care. “Our highly skilled laboratory staff members perform more than one million lab tests each year, and this new relationship will further enhance their expertise and benefits to our patients.

“The new agreement pertains only to those specialized tests that are currently being outsourced to laboratories outside our health system,” Miller adds. “Of the approximate 3,000 different medical tests that we offer at MU Health Care, the health system previously outsourced certain proprietary or specialized tests to about 50 different laboratories. By consolidating services with Mayo Clinic, we will be saving time and money.”

About MU Health Care
As part of the state’s premier academic medical center, University of Missouri Health Care offers a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries. Patients from each of Missouri’s 114 counties are served by approximately 6,000 physicians, nurses, and health care professionals at MU Health Care. MU Health Care facilities include Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, the Missouri Psychiatric Center, University Hospital, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. More than 50 MU Health Care outpatient clinics in central Missouri receive outpatient visits exceeding 500,000 annually. For more information, visit http://muhealth.org.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and to providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.

About Mayo Medical Laboratories
The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory, Mayo Medical Laboratories, provide advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 5,000 health care organizations around the world. Revenue from this testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. Complemented by collaborations with diagnostic and biotechnology companies, the department maintains a robust diagnostic test-development program, launching more than 150 new tests each year.

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Kelley Schreiber

Kelley Schreiber is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her new kitten, and exploring new foods.