Secaucus-based Quest Diagnostics unveiled Quest Lab Stewardship powered by hc1, an innovative new service that employs machine learning to harmonize laboratory testing across health systems in order to help optimize laboratory test utilization.
Quest Lab Stewardship is the result of a strategic collaboration between Quest and hc1 focused on improving costs and clinical impact of lab testing, in- and out- of hospital settings.
The launch of the service is part of Quest’s larger move into providing lab management services for hospitals and health systems.
“While lab testing is fundamental to delivering cost-effective health care, opportunities remain to drive out clinical variation when looking across patient touch points in a health system. Working with hc1, we’ve created a solution that overcomes several of the traditional barriers to delivering real-time enterprise insights needed to drive and support at-scale optimization of lab testing,” said David Freeman, general manager, Information Ventures, Quest Diagnostics.
Quest Lab Stewardship is designed to eliminate the limitations. It integrates in real-time with enterprise systems and leverages hc1’s machine learning capabilities to ingest, organize and normalize lab data, alleviating the time and effort of manual data gathering and analysis. It also provides a framework for lab directors and hospital administrators to consult with medical staff to identify areas of concern and implement compendium updates and order-prompting based on selected clinical guidelines.