US-based Seattle Children’s Hospital’s initiative Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Service (PLUGS) has selected Viewics as its analytics solutions partner to support PLUGS’s members and partners to undertake test utilisation initiatives.

Viewics will partner with PLUGS to guide and develop its product, enabling its members to have sophisticated test utilisation management analytics and dashboards to improve clinical, operational and financial results.

PLUGS will direct national consensus policies related to paediatric laboratory testing, which will subsequently prove beneficial for the members from opportunities for academic collaborations.

“PLUGS will aid the clinical laboratories to develop and employ comprehensive utilisation management interventions.”

It is an initiative launched by the Seattle Children’s Hospital, which aims to reduce costs and errors associated with unnecessary laboratory experiments for hospital laboratories.

PLUGS will aid the clinical laboratories to develop and employ comprehensive utilisation management interventions from test order to result.

Seattle Children’s Hospital medical director in the department of laboratories and PLUGS co-founder Michael Astion said: "We collaborate with companies like Viewics in an effort to have impact through IT products that all our members, as well as non-members, could purchase, that would help them run their test utilisation management programmes.

"Our goal is to have utilisation management dashboards that strongly guide test utilisation management programmes."

The initiative comprises approximately 50 members, including hospitals, health systems and commercial laboratories, namely Mayo Clinic Health System, ARUP / University of Utah, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Intermountain Health, Cleveland Clinic and independent laboratories, such as Prevention Genetics, Invitae, Claritas Genomics, Quest Diagnostics, and TriCore Reference Laboratories.

Image: Seattle Children’s Hospital. Photo: courtesy of Sage Ross.