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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Purpose of Lean Implementation (continued)

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  • Lab expenditure represents 5% of total healthcare expenditure
  • 70% of clinical decisions are based on lab information
  • Lab medicine testing failures have major downstream implications
    • Pre-pre-analytic phase—choice of the test
    • Pre-analytic phase—performance of the test
    • Analytic phase—processing and analysis of the specimen
    • Post-analytic phase—reporting of the test result
    • Post-post-analytic phase—use of the test result in patient care

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