Project management in laboratory medicine
In this 2019 paper published in Journal of Medical Biochemistry, Lippi and Mattiuzi examine the primary drivers and outcomes of implementing project management strategies in the field of laboratory medicine. Citing funding and personnel shortages in healthcare services, as well as an increasing volume and complexity of analytical tests in the lab, the authors point out the importance of proper project management in the various aspects of the clinical laboratory and its organization and operation in order to better ensure more rapid and accurate diagnoses and improved clinical outcomes. They lay out four primary steps and address additional drivers to consider when implementing project management into laboratory planning and operations, including defining the laboratory environment, planning technical resources, managing staff, and interacting with hospital administrators and other important stakeholders. They conclude that through these activities, as well as some final last steps, clinical laboratories—and by extension the patients they serve—can benefit greatly from incorporating thoughtful project planning into their activities.