Gain New Insights - Overcome the Drawbacks of Your
Pathology Laboratory Software or Clinical Laboratory Information Systems or Medical Lab
You probably have masses of data within your laboratory
information systems (LIS) but reporting and analysing is time consuming and the reports do not
have the communication impact that you might want.
Lots of LIS have data
reporting and extraction tools but they do not provide the visual impact that provides you with
the insights that you are looking for.
The old adage ‘A
Picture is worth a 1000 words’ is so true. Click here to see and
Use Live dashboards below.
Some folks extract data
into Excel and Access databases to do further analysis and prepare report presentations. This is
time consuming and not very effective.
By using Tableau
Software, the cost effective analytics and data visualisation software, you can start to change
all of this. Click here to read a Review of the use of Tableau
Software in a Large UK Pathology Laboratory Information Department
Key Questions for Laboratory Managers – Finding Improvement
Here are some the key
questions that laboratory managers are battling with where a good analytics and data
visualisation tool could help you with
Can you support the demands placed on
you for information on clinical research, health protection, disease surveillance and the management of long-term
conditions and chronic disease?
Do you know what your laboratory turnaround times are and
their impact on patients?
Can you find the trends and outliers in your service quality –
error rates, productivity, and costs such that you can find improvement
How to keep customers by working collaboratively with
The question is how can you answer them readily from the masses
of data you have...tabular reports?
The Limitations of Tabular Reports
Information is not just
tabular data but useful insights into what is happening derived from the data you have. You need
to be able to spot trends, outliers, deviations, rank who or what is best or worst, correlate
and compare. You need to be able to visualise your data readily.
Here is a
simple example, completely imaginary but neat
It is pretty hard to
see what is going on without spending sometime studying the table.
Now let's visualise
this table in seconds with Tableau Software
Immediately the red
colour indicates that there is an issue with haematology at Medical Practice 2. Also the lighter
green shading indicates a poorer performance with Biochemistry at Medical Practice 1 at
Now let's look at this same data over
Let's take this
further, what is trends of profitability for the practices? Here this visualisation gives the
Again you can see that
Practice 3 and 4 profitablity is declining while Practice 1 and 2 profitability is
Finally let's look at
the profitability of each laboratory section over time
As you can instantly
the trend lines indicate that Haematology and Microbiology % Profits are declining, but
Biochemistry is increasing. Haematology has also far lower % profits than the other two
So within minutes the
uninteresting tabular report is transformed to give maximum impact.
Now Let's bring it all
together in a simple dashboard
Please wait... Try out the two dashboards on the
Tabs below and try using the Filters on the left on
each dashboard - Try out the controls at the foot of the dashboard too.
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best information is useless if its story is poorly told. Enhance your story by trying and using
Tableau Software. There is a two week free trial available. Try Tableau now for 14 days for
Whether you are in a
government or private laboratory the same will apply.
Click to see a
PowerPoint on how Quest Diagnostics have used Tableau Note we are not connected
at all with Quest Diagnostics. This information was presented at a Tableau user
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