How to Visualize and Implement a Continuous Improvement Pipeline in a Clinical Laboratory Context

Clinical diagnostic laboratories may have business goals that include increasing profits, reducing costs, or accelerating innovation. Continuous improvement is an organized approach to identifying opportunities to achieve these types of goals.

What is a continuous improvement pipeline?

In our work with clinical labs, we recommend building a continuous improvement pipeline—a repeatable mechanism (often called a “recipe”) for planning and deploying improvements to your laboratory software and processes. Improvements generally involve a process of iteration and refinement over time. The simplest way to begin the process is to ask how your lab usually addresses a deficiency or non-conformance event. From there, the goal is to make this cycle of identifying an issue and resolving it as short as possible, and scalable.