The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a toolkit to help medical practices better manage their laboratory test processes and improve safety.

The tool is designed to identify ways to improve processes for tracking, reporting and following-up with patients after tests are done. About 40 percent of primary care office visits include some type of diagnostic medical test, according to AHRQ. “However, if test results are lost, incorrect or incomplete, the wrong treatment may be prescribed and patient harm can occur.”

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