An accurate diagnosis allows a health provider to execute a targeted treatment plan. As a new clinician, you may need to formulate your client base, provide your patients with an overview of your services, and work jointly with a clinical laboratory technician. When choosing a service provider, consider the testing that will take place and the type of follow up services that you need.
A Courier Service
A laboratory may provide a courier service. This type of service will provide patients and medical providers with the most convenience. Any tests that are conducted onsite can be placed within a reception area. After scheduling a time to have specimens picked up, a courier will be assigned to retrieve the specimens at the allotted time. This type of service offers little to no disruption in the manner in which patients are served.
After the courier collects the lab materials, they will be transported back to the laboratory. The laboratory technician will catalog and test each specimen and provide a printout that details the results. When forming a partnership with a laboratory, a clinician will be provided with a schedule that relates to the timeframe in which results will be ready. There may be a specific labeling process that a clinician must follow. This may involve using a numerical or alphabetical coding system to identify a patient's name, test type, and batch number.
A Remote Service For Patients
Some laboratories offer a remote testing service. This type of service involves assigning a patient to go to the laboratory at a pre-scheduled time. A laboratory technician will need to be advised in advance about the testing that a patient will be in need of. Drawing blood or collecting saliva and urine samples will be conducted within a laboratory office. Rapid and standard test results may be offered with this type of service.
A clinical laboratory technician may perform drug, sickness, and disease screenings. A laboratory technician may furnish all of the test results directly to the clinician who has ordered a particular series of tests. Offsite testing is typically conducted during normal working hours.
To ensure that patients aren't inconvenienced, a clinician should seek a clinical laboratory service provider that is within close proximity to their place of business. After a clinician receives the test results, they will need to schedule follow up appointments with their patients so that they can go over the results with them.