Unfortunately, I have not worked with Pathology data. However, I wanted you to know that people did see your post! Hopefully someone else with some pathology experience can offer some insight. Either way, when you get something created, we'd love to see it.
Thank you so much for your words of support!
I work in Quality & Safety, not Pathology, but we support Pathology with their quality and safety work. So while we aren't looking at much actual pathology data, we are looking at things like unscanned specimens, unlabeled specimens, wrong label, etc. See attached pdf for an example of this. Numbers masked to protect the (not-so-)innocent!
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I've worked with Diagnostic Labs for over 5 years. As far as standard reports go, the operations teams have found volume and time reports to be the most helpful. You can start with test volumes and then start to break down into the subspecialties and benches. turn around time, etc. The managers responsible for scheduling also found it helpful to see the volume of specimens arriving by day of week and 30 minute increment to help set schedules to ensure they meet turn around time service agreements (which is another big deal).
If you are just getting started and your send out costs are high it's a great place to start because you can have a huge impact on cost savings in a very short period of time.