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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1995 Aug;119(8):701-5.

Evolution beyond the shared services model of consolidated hospital clinical laboratories.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, United Health Services Hospitals, Binghamton, NY, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the operational and financial outcomes of the transition from shared laboratory services to a recentralized model, in a consolidated hospital system.

SETTING:

United Health Services Hospitals (Binghamton General, Wilson Memorial, and Ideal hospitals, New York State).

INTERVENTION:

Consolidation of hospital services and recentralization of laboratory testing to a single site (Wilson Memorial Hospital).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Laboratory workload, testing efficiency, personnel and nonpersonnel expenses, analytic error rate, turnaround time, and proficiency-testing scores.

RESULTS:

The postintervention period (1988 to 1992) was characterized by a 51% and a 10% increase in the out- and inpatient workloads, respectively, with a concomitant 24% increase in testing efficiency. The salary expenses were 26% lower, while the total true cost savings ranged from $1,544,000 (11.6%) to $2,500,000 (21.9%) compared with the shared services model. The recentralization produced decreased analytic error rates and improved testing turnaround time.

CONCLUSIONS:

The total costs per test have been lowered in the recentralized model. Recentralization may provide further true cost savings over the shared services model while maintaining high-quality service.

PMID:
7646326
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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