Why Your Medical Practice Should Send Blood Work to a Clinical Reference Lab

Jun 4, 2022

From routine blood tests to urine screenings, laboratory tests are performed in many ways. While some facilities can do many of these tests in-house, partnering with a clinical reference laboratory has several advantages. At TOPLAB®, we offer a wide assortment of services and work with providers nationwide. Here, we’ll detail how relationships between practices and laboratories benefit providers as well as their patients.

Lab Services Extend the Capabilities of Your Facility

Many clinical reference laboratories are often able to handle a wider variety of tests than the average private practice. This gives the provider greater access to a diverse range of tests, helping them better care for their patients. The lab services performed by labs like TOPLAB® can be used to detect any number of things, such as:

  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Common allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Prescription drugs
  • Illicit substances
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Hormones
  • Metabolic counts

From oncology and cardiology to general wellness and functional medicine, a comprehensive lab can be a true asset. It processes tests from a variety of facilities and delivers accurate results, making it easy for providers to coordinate across specialties and care for patients with a wide range of needs.

Testing Patients Becomes More Convenient

Offloading laboratory tasks can help make it easier for your team to deliver quality, personalized care. When your facility is filled with patients and appointments are scheduled across the board, your team of physicians, nurses, and support personnel are busy keeping up with the demands of each day. While it may seem convenient to process tests in-house, sending specimen samples out for processing frees up your staff to perform other essential duties.

Testing Is Accurate, With Easy-to-Access Results

Clinical reference laboratories are state-of-the-art facilities that use leading advancements in medical technology to test with precision, making them trusted resources for providers. The technicians in a lab are well trained and perform numerous tests each day, so providers can feel confident they’re partnering with a team who can handle these procedures well and expect fast turnaround times.

Many labs also boast simple results monitoring for providers. For instance, the TOPLAB® online portal lets you easily access patient lab test results right from your office and do so on your schedule. However, this convenience doesn’t mean sacrificing privacy. Our online portal and others are highly secure and compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), ensuring patient results are protected.

Scheduling Lab Screenings Is Easy for Providers and Patients

When providers partner with a clinical reference laboratory, they’re also extending a variety of conveniences to their patients, better serving them in the long run. While some labs allow patients to stop in for testing services, this may not always be the most ideal option, especially if the facility is out of the way or it’s hard for the patient to access reliable transportation. Other labs, like TOPLAB®, offer a range of site options, such as:

  • A physician’s office: Providers can order test kits online from the laboratory and collect the sample in-house. Then, they’ll send the sample back to the lab for processing.
  • At home: Home health agencies can rely on the phlebotomists from some clinical reference laboratories to collect samples in a location that’s most convenient for their patients. For example, local providers can request TOPLAB® blood-draw services for patients in nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and group homes in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area.

Providers located near a clinical laboratory can also request specimen pickups. Laboratory courier services are scheduled around the needs of your practice. These are often also coupled with supply deliveries for seamless ordering.

Work with TOPLAB® for Blood Work and Other Screenings

Let us help you get the tests you need to make informed recommendations to your patients. Based in Millburn, New Jersey, TOPLAB® partners with local providers throughout the state and across the country. Along with private practices and rehabilitation centers, we work with employers, patients, and other laboratories to provide the testing services they need. Contact us to learn more about our clinical reference laboratory services today.