ROCHESTER, Minnesota – Mayo Medical Laboratories is partnering with Seattle Children’s Hospital to research and develop ways to help the children’s hospitals around the country decrease costs and potential errors associated with unnecessary laboratory testing.
“Mayo and Seattle Children’s have collaborated on this important issue for years,” says Don Flott, director of utilization management at Mayo Medical Laboratories. “Test utilization is one strategy both organizations use for performing appropriate laboratory and pathology testing with the goal of providing high-quality, cost-effective patient care.”
In 2014, Mayo became a Gold Sponsor of Seattle Children’s Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services (PLUGS), which is a leading test-utilization program launched by the hospital in 2013.
PLUGS is an online and membership-focused resource that brings together leading children’s hospitals to enable laboratories and practitioners to review such items as test orders, test volumes, new technology, etc. PLUGS also hopes to guide national consensus policies related to pediatric laboratory testing.
“Gold Sponsorship of PLUGs is a natural and critical extension of our long-term collaboration to deliver the highest quality laboratory testing for patients in the region,” says Flott. “Mayo Medical Laboratories has been offering test-utilization services to our clients for years, and we want to collaborate with Seattle Children’s because their motives are patient-care driven—the same values of Mayo Clinic.”
“The reason Seattle Children’s Hospital uses Mayo Medical Laboratories as its primary reference laboratory is because Mayo has provided significant help in improving pediatric laboratory quality in all dimensions including laboratory utilization, and advanced clinical consultation. In addition, like Seattle Children’s Mayo is fully integrated into a hospital, research facility, and educational institution,” says Mike Astion, M.D., Ph.D., laboratory medical director at Seattle Children’s and clinical professor at the University of Washington. “We want to build on our long-standing collaboration with Mayo Medical Laboratories to advance utilization strategies and best practices at hospitals around the country. Mayo Medical Laboratories is uniquely positioned to be able to bring a wealth of perspective to our members as they continue to advance the role of laboratory medicine in today’s dynamic health care environment.”