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Improve physicians' image of the lab
Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A collaborative partnership between physicians and the laboratory is more important than ever. This requires addressing the five major desires that doctors want from their laboratory reports and consideration of six key personality characteristics of physicians. For laboratory reports, time-pressed physicians expect timeliness of information, completeness, accessibility, suitable formats and clear understandability. Working effectively with them requires understanding why they tend toward control, have some difficulty with conceptual presentations and are quick to stereotype. It also means understanding how to capitalize on their tendency to respect expertise and reward it with loyalty. More

Take a break from your work environment
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Register today and experience ThinkLab '12, the only gathering of clinical laboratory management professionals, April 29 – May 2, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Take advantage of some well-deserved time away from your laboratory and join more than 700 industry professionals at the Body of Knowledge for Medical Laboratory Management dinner on Monday night of the conference. Included in the registration price, this event lets you celebrate all you do for the industry with your friends and peers that share your job role and responsibilities. Enjoy music and a "taste of Georgia" — themed dinner. More

Faced with distraction, we need willpower
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Mustering willpower is a struggle for almost everyone — and it's getting harder. People, as individuals and as a society, lack self-control at precisely the time we need it most. Willpower is about more than resisting our bad habits. It's the mental discipline that allows us to cultivate good habits, make better decisions and control our own behaviors — everything from dieting effectively to powering through difficult problems at work. It's a quality that can separate the most productive businesspeople from the least productive. And it's a trait that many of us lack. Surveys of more than 1 million people show that self-control is the character trait modern men and women recognize least in themselves. More

ThinkLab '12 preview — CLMA's Body of Knowledge: Learn How to Harness Its Power
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Thursday, March 29, 1 p.m. EST. Presented by Anne Pontius, CLMA immediate past president, and Patty Eschliman, CLMA board member. Hear how CLMA members leverage the Body of Knowledge for Medical Laboratory Management to raise the standards within their laboratories, promote the laboratorian profession, and grow and succeed in their chosen career. Learn how the BOK will tie in with ThinkLab '12 educational sessions, allowing you to focus on the various domain proficiencies necessary to successfully perform in your job role. This audioLab is free to CLMA members. All attendees will receive access to an electronic copy of the BOK and earn one CE credit upon completion. More

Structured data capture for non-interfaced labs

Learn how Aurora Advanced Healthcare is using LabDE to improve lab data entry workflow and increase data interoperability. LabDE automatically recognizes and highlights blocks of crucial text, including test name, code, value units, reference range and flags, and incorporates these fields as structured data into the EHR/LIS. Watch the video.

How to get the most out of your morning — Even if you're a night owl
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Most people have said it, heard it or thought it on a daily basis: there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done. And while running a small business is a hectic time- and energy-intensive endeavor, there are ways to plan better and maximize the time you have. One of the simplest, surest ways to pack more productivity into your workdays is to rise early and take advantage of the extra time you gain in the morning hours. True, an extra 15 or 20 minutes of sleep might feel like it'll be the difference between going through your day functionally or like a zombie, but if you approach the first part of your day the right way, you'll be surprised at your focus, efficiency and get-up-and-go. More

Fight for your lab — Carry out the mission of senior leaders while advocating for your staff
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It's called middle management for a reason. Yours is one of the hardest jobs in the organization, carrying out the mission of senior leaders while trying to be an advocate for your staff. Some days, you're caught in the middle, putting your job and sanity on the line. By understanding your unique position and keeping a cool head, you can fight for your lab and still make your bosses happy at day's end. More

HHS proposes more security on healthcare mobile devices
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In an attempt to eliminate the potential for patient data breaches on mobile devices, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Stage 2 Meaningful Use has proposed that mobile devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, that retain patient data after a clinical encounter should have default encryption enabled. Published by the Department of Health and Human Services, the proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs noted the increasing number of reported breaches which involve lost or stolen devices. More

Manage like you mean it: 6 ways to be more decisive
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Part of being a respected manager means being able to make decisions in a timely manner. That comes naturally for some people, but for others tough choices cause them to waver for too long. One major inhibitor — fear. "If a manager is prone to risk-aversion, it will also affect his or her ability to move forward with decisions," says Susan Steinbrecher, CEO of Steinbrecher & Associates, a management consulting firm. More

Leadership caffeine: Teach your team smart(er) decision processes
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Nothing happens without a decision. Nothing good happens without the right decision. The same goes for our individual and group decision-making approaches. A bit of deliberate effort to strengthen the decision-process goes a long way towards minimizing or mitigating the impact of personal and group biases. More

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Psychologists: Procrastination a sign of workplace overload
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Since time began, it seems, people have been putting off till tomorrow what they could have done today &mfdash; berating themselves and inconveniencing others in the process. It wouldn't be a problem except that time eventually runs out. "You may delay, but time will not," said Benjamin Franklin. In the world of work, procrastination has "expensive and visible costs," said Rory Vaden, a corporate trainer, who points to research showing that the average employee admits to wasting two hours a day on nonwork tasks. More

Why even great employees get average evaluations
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Take a deep breath and let it go. Performance ratings reflect so much more than actual performance. They have politics, tradition and budgets all wrapped together in one number that will haunt you the rest of your life. Often, companies have quotas that define the percentage of people who can receive each performance rating. So not only do you have to be performing "above" the job description, you have to be in the top 10, 15 or 20 percent of employees overall. So it doesn't matter if you're fabulous — it matters if you are more fabulous than everyone else. More

Top 6 hiring mistakes to avoid
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In hiring for a top leadership position, you can make costly errors by either incorrectly diagnosing the situation, letting red herrings or other so-called rules get in the way of choosing the right person, or failing to set and follow a rigorous disciplined process. Here's a look at the six top pitfalls to recognize and avoid. More
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