Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — Health care providers now have an online tool that can improve patient care and reduce unnecessary health care costs through appropriate ordering of laboratory testing — real-time guidance while they sit with their patients.
Mayo Clinic has teamed with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop CareSelect Lab™ — a decision-support tool that aggregates clinical knowledge around a comprehensive menu of conditions and translates that knowledge into best-practice recommendations.
“CareSelect Lab is a natural extension of NDSC’s capabilities to deliver EHR-integrated guidelines and brings together the industry standard for EHR-delivered guidance with the more than 1,500 best-practice care models—authored, curated and maintained by Mayo Clinic,” says Michael Mardini, CEO of NDSC.
CareSelect Lab integrates with a hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) and is delivered via NDSC’s CareSelect™ Platform — the same platform that drives NDSC’s industry-standard CareSelect Imaging™ decision-support product. Already, CareSelect has been adopted by more than 250 health systems across the U.S. today, informing practitioner imaging decisions 3 million times per month.
CareSelect Lab provides real-time guidance and addresses common areas of laboratory test misutilization at the EHR point-of-order entry, including:
- Extensive clinical guidance on all laboratory, pathology and genetic testing that can be ordered (sourced from Mayo’s clinical library of evidence-based guidelines, and curated and delivered through NDSC’s CareSelect Platform).
- Direct interaction with the test guidelines in a health care provider’s normal EHR workflow, receiving feedback as to the most appropriate test(s) to order.
- Benchmarking and analytics tools that enable organizations to compare health care provider ordering patterns, identify gaps in care and manage overall test utilization.
“It is commonly recognized that laboratory tests are frequently misordered, with a risk of profound negative impact on both care and cost,” says William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. “Health care providers around the world who rely on Mayo Clinic for testing need more than just access to our broad menu of tests. We must extend to them the same decision guidance that we avail to our own physicians and scientists — and we must do so in a way that integrates with their current workflows and systems.”
“Mayo Clinic and NDSC are developing better ways to improve health care for providers and their patients,” says Curt Hanson, M.D., chief medical officer of Mayo Medical Laboratories. “We have all this knowledge at our fingertips — IT capabilities, clinical and laboratory expertise, laboratory test analytics, health care data, etc. Why not put that knowledge at the ordering physician’s fingertips?”
Mayo Clinic has a financial interest in the product referenced in this news release. Mayo will use any revenue it receives to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research.
About National Decision Support Company
National Decision Support Company delivers enterprise-wide clinical decision-support solutions that enable more appropriate care, improve population health, and reduce cost. NDSC’s CareSelect Platform™ converts published guidelines into actionable criteria that are delivered directly into the EMR workflow. Criteria covers adult and pediatric patient populations, featuring guidelines sourced directly from the Society for Pediatric Radiology. For information about CareSelect Lab, visit http://nationaldecisionsupport.com/careselect-lab/. To learn more about the CareSelect™ Platform, go to http://nationaldecisionsupport.com.
About Mayo Medical Laboratories/Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories provide advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 4,000 health care organizations around the world. Revenue from this testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. Complemented by collaborations with diagnostic and biotechnology companies, the department maintains a robust diagnostic test-development program, launching more than 150 new tests each year.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, comprehensive care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.