Sysmex America, Inc., a diagnostic solutions company offering hematology, urinalysis, information systems and flow cytometry testing technology for optimal clinical laboratory performance, has joined the Clinical Lab 2.0 movement to support collaboration around value-based healthcare. Sysmex America is providing a grant focused on a multi-institutional demonstration project developing actionable clinical strategies for anemia early detection, intervention, and prevention. Clinical Lab 2.0 is a Project Santa Fe Foundation initiative established to help develop the evidence base for the valuation of clinical laboratory services in the next era of global healthcare. Sysmex America is the first corporate sponsor in this globally focused, non-exclusive and non-restrictive partnership.
Population health management, emerging as a way to support value-based healthcare, is the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology resources, the analysis of those data into a single, actionable patient record, and the actions through which care providers can improve both clinical and financial outcomes. Clinical Lab 2.0 is a call for laboratory leadership in managing population health and enabling value-based care to evolve.
Anemia is a common medical condition in which the body has insufficient red blood cells to meet daily demands. It is an independent predictor of morbidity and mortality when compared to healthy patient populations. Numerous studies have shown the negative impact of anemia on clinical outcomes, which in turn increases healthcare costs. Practitioners can screen for anemia using a routine complete blood count and effectively treat patients before symptoms become problematic. Healthcare systems implementing strategies to better manage anemia may significantly reduce patient complications along with associated costs.
Clinical Laboratory 2.0 encourages laboratories to aggregate and leverage their clinical data to support proactive care. Through risk stratification of population toward the prevalence of these conditions, identification of care gaps and high-risk patients, before they are even admitted for care, intervention of care will be facilitated. Ultimately, health economics will serve as a defining outcome measurement.