NACCCA News and Updates
Apr 12, 2022
April Webinar: Test Implementation – The Last Step In Realising The Test Value Proposition
Speaker: Dr. Andrew St John
Moderator: Dr. Xin Yi
Dr. St John is a clinical biochemist, having worked in laboratories and the IVD industry in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and Australia. He now works as a freelance consultant, providing scientific advice to diagnostic companies and healthcare organizations. In Australia, Andrew has managed Lab Tests Online and recently established its replacement, Pathology Tests Explained, which is the leading source of consumer information about pathology testing in Australia. His major interests are in point-of-care testing and how to determine the economic value of medical testing. He is currently the Chair of the IFCC Committee for the Value Proposition in Laboratory Medicine.
The value proposition of a test accumulates from the outcomes of multiple steps in the overall process ranging from biomarker discovery to test implementation into clinical practice. Poor implementation often leads to the value of the test not being delivered.
IFCC C-VPLM has developed an Implementation Framework to improve the value proposition process for all the stakeholders.
Developing the business case for a test requires the application of economic analysis tools, including health economic modeling. An additional goal of the IFCC C-VPLM is to provide education and practical tools for economic analysis of the impact of tests for laboratory professionals.
The application of these tools and the implementation framework requires collaboration with health professionals, i.e., stakeholders outside of the laboratory. That remains a considerable challenge in many current laboratory testing models.