Mayo Clinic has announced a new partnership with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop CareSelect Lab, a real-time decision support tool to provide real-time medical guidance when ordering laboratory tests. The tool addresses common areas of laboratory test mis-utilization at the EHR point-of-order entry,
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. CareSelect Lab has already been adopted by more than 250 health systems across the U.S. today, informing practitioner imaging decisions 3 million times per month.
Other key features of CareSelect Lab include:
– 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 in a statement. “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.”
As part of the partnership, Mayo Clinic has a financial interest in CareSelect Lab and will use any revenue it receives to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research.