The new Lab Advantage program is designed to be one-stop shopping for laboratories looking for accreditation, education, and proficiency testing products and services.
Lab Advantage is a convergence of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) education and assessment products, the American Proficiency Institute’s (API) proficiency testing and management services, and The Joint Commission’s accreditation of laboratory processes. The Web site, www.labadvantage.org, is now accessible.
“Before Lab Advantage, customers who wanted to take advantage of gold-star lab products had to visit three different Web sites,” said Jennifer Rhamy, Executive Director of the Laboratory Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. “All three partnering groups have one goal—to ensure patient safety through a coordinated and collaborative approach to quality.”
The program’s hallmarks include low-price proficiency testing and discounted professional education. Organizations that belong to the Lab Advantage program are able to integrate online API proficiency testing that meets The Joint Commission requirements and participate in ASCP technological and scientific educational programs. The result is a cost-effective program that unites the benefits of all three health organizations in a single process.
Lab Advantage will extend a 5-percent discount on accreditation fees and a 10-percent discount on educational products to its customers. Customers can order what best suits the configuration of their particular laboratory setting, all at one time and on one Web site. Links show key products from each organization, an easy-to-use information form that helps tailor a customer’s needs, and a press room that will highlight relevant company news.
“These major health organizations coming together is a prime example of connectivity at its best,” said ASCP Executive Vice President E. Blair Holladay, PhD, SCT(ASCP)CM. “The patient will benefit from superior lab results achieved through a seamless process, and a checks-and-balance system that will continue to raise the bar.”
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The Joint Commission is the nation's premier accrediting body for over 19,000 organizations. The Joint Commission has been accrediting laboratory services since 1979 and free-standing laboratories since 1995. Today, the Joint Commission accredits more than 1,700 organizations with laboratory services, equating to 3,000 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certificates. The Joint Commission laboratory accreditation process looks the complete process of diagnostic care from doctor’s order to the lab and back to patient’s chat, emphasizing integration of diagnostics into the organization’s delivery of care.
Founded in 1922, ASCP is the world’s largest society for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Based in Chicago, the ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. Visit ASCP’s Web site at www.ascp.org.
American Proficiency Institute (API) offers high quality proficiency testing services for nearly 17,000 hospital, clinic, and physician office laboratories. API features free CE credits, a suite of online services, and management reports. API is accepted by CAP, TJC, CMS, COLA and state regulatory agencies. Visit www.api-pt.com for more details.