If any lab professional has had an experience like OUMC's, he has probably guessed our secret to eliminating the need for STAT orders: lab automation and sophisticated data-management software, along with appropriate attention to process improvement.
Indeed, total automation had already demonstrated its efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness in numerous other labs worldwide, many of which handled much smaller test volumes than did OUMC. There was no reason to expect anything less at our institution.
* With the technologists' time freed up by our system, we have been able to bring in-house 15 tests we had previously referred out, saving OUMC about $20,000 per month.
In July 2001, OUMC conducted its first training class, which encompasses 120 hours of classroom study and 120 hours of clinical work and which takes 6 weeks full time and 12 weeks part time.
Candidates who are not employees of OUMC will fill the remaining training slots.
In support of the OUMC program, the OKC Team has raised over $12,000 to support the AUA training program.