Blog Written by Rita D’Angelo & Jinna Ralston On January 4, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert about a COVID-19 test that carries a high risk of false negative results.1 This highlights the dangers of what an unpredictable diagnostic test can pose to the public, with consequences that could result in
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According to the 2020 Quality Progress (QP) salary survey from the American Society for Quality, those certified in Six Sigma are paid considerably more than their colleagues.1 In fact, the higher the level of Six Sigma certification the higher the salary. A master black belt will earn almost $30,000 more than someone without certification and a
“Know the benefits and regulatory requirements of Proficiency Testing (PT) for your clinical laboratory.” Proficiency Testing is required by CLIA for all moderate and high complexity clinical laboratories but is also an important external quality assessment tool for all clinical laboratories, including Waived-testing- only laboratories. Proficiency testing provides the means to assess the full testing
It’s a Matter of Margins: Broadcasting the Cost Cutting Goal to Every Level of the Organization through the Hoshin Kanri Methodology
What would your profit margin look like if all employees were proficient in the process of data collection, root cause analysis and creative problem-solving to identify and eliminate waste in the laboratory? How could each employee make a contribution to the bottom line? If the goal was to reduce waste by 3% in their area,
What If And Why Not Empower The Employees? Worker empowerment is assigning employees the authority, autonomy and responsibility to make change within a leadership specified framework. Working in this manner can ease the manager workload and assist the organization. The goal is to increase the top line, improve the bottom line and reduce laboratory waste. By encouraging employee
Diagnostic Laboratories today are faced with economic challenges, staffing shortages and government reimbursement reductions. These challenges are threatening the already small margins on which laboratories depend and are driving laboratories to critically evaluate their normal operations. Inefficient legacy systems and unresolved process issues can no longer be ignored in the face of dwindling financial resources,