Laboratory Formularies: Improving Care, Reducing Costs


Laboratory formularies are an emerging tool for promoting effective use of the clinical laboratory. This presentation covers the key considerations for developing, applying, and managing a lab formulary: governance, process, evidence base, and analytics. In the end, a formulary is not so much a product as it is an interconnected system for managing and influencing diagnostic practices.

Originally presented on April 17, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Brian R. Jackson, MD, MS

Brian R. Jackson, MD, MS

Medical Director, Referral Testing
ARUP Laboratories
Vice President, Chief Medical Informatics Officer
ARUP Laboratories
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Jackson directs the Informatics Department at ARUP, including ARUP Consult®, decision support, product management, informatics software development, and ATOP® consulting. He is also the medical director for Referral Testing and an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah. He received his BA in mathematics, his MS in medical informatics, and his MD from the University of Utah, and completed a clinical pathology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Prior to his employment at ARUP, Dr. Jackson was a staff clinical pathologist and informaticist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a product manager for a Belgium-based medical software firm, and a National Library of Medicine informatics fellow at the University of Utah. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include economic analysis of diagnostic testing and physician utilization of laboratory tests. He is certified in clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the motivation for establishing oversight of test ordering.
  • Explain key principles of effective clinical governance.
  • Illustrate the application of analytics within a test management system.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories