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Consolidation of microbiology lab testing services saves costs and improves testing efficiencies

With nearly 70% of clinical decisions now being made on the basis of laboratory diagnostic testing, the power of today’s molecular lab has never been stronger.1 To further strengthen this position, microbiology labs can look to consolidation as a means to streamline processes, improve productivity and reduce costs to keep pace with changing healthcare economics.

The consolidation of microbiology lab testing services is a cost-saving strategy that eliminates duplication and improves testing efficiencies.2 Research suggests that the consolidation of lab services can produce significant cost savings without compromising efficiency or quality of service.3

At Roche, efficiency, patient care, and lab staff satisfaction drive the future. 

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  2. Kudler NR, Pantanowitz L. Overview of laboratory data tools available in a single electronic medical record. J Pathol Inform. 2010;1:3. doi:10.4103/2153-3539.63824.
  3. Shah H. Consolidation of the microbiology laboratory services: a mini-review of finances and quality of care. LabMedicine. 2013;44:86-89. doi:10.1309/LM9FESITVA22BDOM.
  4. World Health Organization. Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide. Published 2011. Accessed April 15, 2014.
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