We analyzed rates of duplicate laboratory tests over 3 years at a large healthcare delivery network overall and those associated with care transitions. A significant proportion of tests (14% to 37%) appeared to be duplicates. Duplication was up to 3-times higher after hospital admission than after discharge to community. We hypothesize that when hospitalists have a problematic access to outpatient records they order the tests they need even if they may be repeats.
Learning Objective: Readers will learn how duplicate testing may be more prevalent after a hospital admission when the history of outpatient laboratory results is poorly accessible or impossible.
Liron Sinvani, Northwell Health
Kayla Finuf, Northwell Health
Michael Qiu, Northwell Health
Renee Pekmezaris, Northwell Health
Jan Horsky (Presenter)