Video Lecture Vitamin D Utilization Management Study: An Overview of Results

Many laboratories are concerned about vitamin D testing and believe that vitamin D is often misordered. This can happen two ways: by ordering too frequently or ordering the wrong test. Unfortunately, no guidelines are available that can be used to evaluate testing patterns. This video shows how benchmarking can be used to evaluate testing patterns even when guidelines are not available. The video illustrates the benchmarking approach by comparing patterns for vitamin D testing across many laboratories.

Presenter

Robert Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA Robert Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA
Director, Center for Effective Medical Testing, ARUP Laboratories
Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Schmidt is the director of the Center for Effective Medical Testing at ARUP Laboratories and an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in Sydney and completed his residency training in clinical pathology at the University Of Utah School of Medicine. He received an MS in biochemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA at the University of Chicago, a PhD in operations management at the University of Virginia, and an MMed in clinical epidemiology from the University of Sydney.

Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Schmidt was an assistant professor of operations management at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and an associate professor of clinical operations management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Dr. Schmidt’s medical research focuses on diagnostic testing, specifically utilizing his business background to complement medical knowledge in performing evidence-based evaluation of diagnostic testing. His research includes comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and utilization analyses of diagnostic tests, as well as operations and technology management related to diagnostic testing.

Joely A. Straseski, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP), DABCC Joely A. Straseski, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP), DABCC
Medical Director, Endocrinology, ARUP Laboratories
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Straseski is a medical director of endocrinology at ARUP and an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her PhD in pathology and laboratory medicine and a master of science in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Straseski completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical chemistry at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland. She has previously been awarded the Past-Presidents' Scholarship by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, as well as a Distinguished Abstract Award from the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Straseski is board certified in clinical chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Video released in December, 2014

Sponsored by:

University of Utah Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories