Focus Group March 2020 Part 1: Risk Management

In Part 1 of this one hour webinar, Zoe Brooks of AWEsome Numbers Inc. discuses the basics of risk management in medical laboratories, as described in CLSI EP23A Laboratory Quality Control based on Risk Management.

Focus Group March 2020 Part 2: Cost of Error

Zoe Brooks of AWEsome Numbers Inc. explains how the cost of Error in each result is proportional to the size of error. Analytical processes can have an unacceptable cost of error with an acceptable sigma value (number of errors), or an unacceptable number with acceptable average cost. It makes sense to set acceptable risk levels and measure number and cost of error individually.

Focus Group March 2020 Part 3: Verify QC effectiveness

.Zoe Brooks of AWEsome Numbers Inc. discusses how to verify the effectiveness of QC processes to detect analytical failure – and why so many QC processes fail this verification. CLSI EP23A states that “At the least, the ability of the QC procedures to detect medically allowable error should be evaluated.” When evaluated, many existing QC processes fail to detect simulated failure. QC strategies recommended by Mathematically OptimiZed Risk Evaluation(c) frequently detect failure in fewer QC runs than Westgard rules (The M.O.R.E. Quality© process has since been modified to always detect failure in fewer or equal number of runs compared to Westgard rules).

Focus Group March 2020 Part 4: M.O.R.E. Quality Reports

Zoe Brooks of AWEsome Numbers Inc. previews early versions of risk management reports that enable risk evaluation across multiple laboratories, using Risk-Based Quality Grades, pass-fail evaluations and cost savings. These reports enable the CLSI EP 23A process that “Risk evaluation – process of comparing the estimated risk against given risk criteria to determine the acceptability of the risk.” Reports include recommended action to reduce risk for the front line staff, and potential clinical cost savings with M.O.R.E. Quality©

Focus Group March 2020 Part 5: Show them the money

ISO 15189-2012 states “The responsibility of the laboratory director includes providing effective leadership of the medical laboratory service, including budget planning and financial interpretation of examination results.” In this final section of the focus group, Zoe Brooks of AWEsome Numbers Inc. previews how Mathematically-OptimiZed Risk Evaluation” reduces clinical care costs in healthcare.