August 26, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Anshula Ambasta who recently received a Faculty of Medicine Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) grant to support her project – RePORT – Re-purposing the ordering of ‘routine’ laboratory testing in health care systems.
The goal of Dr. Ambasta’s project is to optimize laboratory testing in clinical medicine. Appropriate laboratory test utilization can benefit: (i) patients, who avoid discomfort /inconvenience related to blood draws and downstream cascades of further testing and therapeutic use related to false-positive results, (ii) healthcare providers, who have increased confidence in ordering practices and lower cognitive load related to false positive results, and (iii) healthcare systems, that are faced with economic restraints, heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ambasta and her co-applicants will partner with relevant stakeholders to develop system re-design and knowledge exchange tools to guide future knowledge translation in this critically important area of health care.