The Global Diagnostic Chain – Opportunities for Research in the Age of Big Data
Setting up a global diagnostic chain offers new opportunities to improve patient and research logistics and to become more (cost-)effective.
As a first step, all diagnostic departments in our center were clustered into the “division of medical imaging and clinical laboratories” in 2011. This format is extended in the new structure of Maastricht UMC+ as of January 1st 2020. Based on lean principles (operational excellence), a framework of breakthrough objectives has been established. Achievements are shared and updated on a regular basis.
From an imaging perspective, a major achievement was the fusion of the departments of radiology and nuclear medicine in 2016. The next step to be taken is the implementation of an uniform reporting platform for imaging and pathology. In parallel, all diagnostic laboratory information systems are to be homogenized and clustered. This set-up forms the basis for a deep integration of underlying logistics and shared infrastructure, as well as for optimization of current management information and reporting.
By doing so, bioinformatics can be further developed, not only for the clinics but also in the scientific setting. Standardization throughout the entire diagnostic chain will guarantee high quality data sets for new insights on a larger scale. Sharing this information openly and cross-disciplinary will further optimize patient care and translational research.
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