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Value of Lab Medicine: Impactful Best Practices to Improve Patient Diagnosis and Reduce Healthcare Costs

  • Credit:1.0 ACCENT
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Date:MAY.23.2024 12:00 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.

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This webinar was recorded live on May 23, 2024.
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Technological and scientific advancements have led to new and better methods for identifying and diagnosing medical conditions, while simultaneously streamlining the delivery of patient care and improving outcomes. In this webinar, we spotlight two exceptional teams that overcame healthcare system challenges to embrace transformative technologies and implement novel approaches that significantly impacted patient care and outcomes.

Our expert speakers will focus on these transformative care initiatives from their respective cross-disciplinary healthcare teams. In the first example, Dr. Ian Cormack of the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust will describe how they implemented opt-out HIV testing to improve identification of patients needing access to treatment options. Then Dr. Ellie Dow of the Ninewells Hospital and Medical School will share their success of using intelligent liver function testing (iLFT) to automate diagnosis and staging of liver disease. Both examples illustrate how best practices in the laboratory can reduce mortality and improve the quality of life for patients, while reducing overall healthcare costs - key objectives to demonstrate the value of laboratory medicine.

Join our experts to learn how they identified, refined, and implemented scientific advances within their institutions and included other practitioners. Hear how they overcame challenges in defining and measuring clinical outcomes associated with their novel approaches, and successfully helped others to replicate these best practices in other healthcare settings.

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Ninewells Hospital and Medical School are past winners of the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence award program, which was created by Abbott and is carried out in partnership with leading healthcare organizations including ADLM (formerly AACC).

Target audience

This activity is designed for lab supervisors, lab directors (and/or assistant directors), lab managers (supervisory and/or non-supervisory), medical technologists, and other laboratory professionals overseeing/conducting within this topic.

Learning objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key steps to successfully assess and introduce innovative technologies in healthcare systems.
  • Discuss the impact and the changing role of technology in laboratory medicine.
  • Implement strategies for collaborating with differing decision-makers within the healthcare system.


Ian-Cormack-photoIan Cormack, MD, MBBS, FRCP
Clinical Lead HIV Medicine
Croydon University Hospital
Croydon, Surrey

Ellie-Dow-photoEllie Dow, BSc(Hons), LRCP, MRCS, MD, PhD, FRCPath
Consultant in Biochemical Medicine
NHS Tayside
Dundee, UK

Disclosures and statement of independence

The Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) is dedicated to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. All participating planning committee members and faculty are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. The intent of this disclosure is to provide participants with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The following faculty reported financial relationships:

  • Ellie Dow, BSc(Hons), LRCP, MRCS, MD, PhD, FRCPath
    • Honorarium/Expenses: CliniSys
    • Grant/Research Support: Siemens Healthineers

The following faculty reported no financial relationships:

  • Ian Cormack, MD, MBBS, FRCP

Content validity

All recommendations involving clinical medicine are based on evidence accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients; AND/OR all scientific research referred to or reported in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Accreditation statement

This activity is approved for 1.0 ACCENT® continuing education credits. Activity ID #4301. This activity was planned in accordance with ACCENT® Standards and Policies.

Successful completion statement

Verification of Participation certificates are provided to registered participants based on completion of the activity, in its entirety, and the activity evaluation. For questions regarding continuing education, please email [email protected].