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Pending COVID-19 samples are prepared for testing in the Diagnostic Laboratories at VUMC.

Collaboration key to rapid expansion of lab test capacity

The rapid ramping up of SARS-CoV-2 testing at VUMC reflects the dedication of the professionals who work in the Clinical Laboratory and also their collaboration with colleagues in research laboratories throughout VUMC.

A multidisciplinary team, above, met for nearly two years before the 2017 launch of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s new electronic health record system known as eStar to complete a massive initiative to improve how lab samples are labeled and matched to patients.

Team recognized for improving how lab samples are labeled

Following a massive initiative that changed how every lab sample is labeled and how those samples are matched to patients, critical results that guide patient care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are returning to health care teams in about half the time it once took.

New labeling system speeds clinical lab turnaround times

Much of everyday clinical decision-making is informed by lab tests performed rapidly on automated instrumentation — basic metabolic panels, complete blood counts, all the lab orders for which clinicians expect quick results.

Initiative seeks to streamline lab test ordering process

A committee of physician leaders has embarked on a multi-year effort to take a close look at all types of lab work ordered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), and in the process do away with unnecessary or obsolete tests.

VUMC resident physicians lead ‘Choosing Wisely’ initiative to reduce repetitive lab tests

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center initiative being led by teams of resident physicians is reducing repetitive lab tests and making a visible impact on health care delivery.