A Regional Strategy towards a Clinical Laboratory
Authors: Chris Wong & Stephen Chu
Whilst diagnostic laboratory testing represents a significant cost item (in year) in New Zealand healthcare expenditure, little is known about the effectiveness diagnostic probabilities for the clinical problems that health practitioners pressure on District Health Boards to improve the demand side (from test (community laboratory services) management to reign in the escalating diagnostic predictability) of test orders. The impending expiry of the national absence of a regional laboratory strategy and robust, reliable information implementation and evaluation of such as strategy and its longer term outcomes. Decision Support (ECDS) has been identified in the international literature this information deficit for both supply and demand side laboratory market considerable benefits that judiciously implemented ECDS would offer to delivery for the Auckland Metro Region. A recommended first step towards Metro diagnostic ECDS development would include an inventory of regional consultation with the stakeholders responsible for those resources.
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