Clinical laboratories play a vital role in patient diagnosis and care.
There are multiple clinical laboratories based in hospital sites across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that service the millions of residents based here. Their services also extend to national and international clinicians, researchers, diagnostic companies, and other industries.
Although standards and protocols in each laboratory are very high, they can be inconsistent between laboratories. Harmonization of clinical laboratories’ quality systems across the region can reduce this variation, which is fundamental to ensuring improved patient safety and care. Appropriate laboratory utilization is also important to improve patient care and safety, as well as to reduce unnecessary testing and healthcare costs.
The Quality Council, based in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology (LMP), in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, seeks to bring together the hospital-based laboratory community across the GTA to compare, share, and harmonize standards and approaches to testing.
Through a number of initiatives, we aim to publish guideline documents, here, and in peer-reviewed journals.
In the next phase, we will focus on the integration of quality with clinical practice, education, continuing professional development (CPD), and research.
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