Hospital in-house laboratories: Examining the external environment

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward, Timothy Rotarius, Aaron Liberman, Antonio Trujillo

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As hospitals fight for their portion of reimbursed health care expenditures, it will become increasingly necessary to investigate alternative funding mechanisms. In-house laboratories, which have likely been seen in the past as pure cost centers, can be repositioned to provide additional revenue to hospitals. This opportunity for in-house laboratories to be remade into profit centers is predicated upon a thorough understanding of the environmental factors affecting hospital laboratories. This article examines 4 distinct environmental factors: demographic and socioeconomic trends, reimbursement and financing, government policy, and clinical events. Each of these external environmental factors provides 2 broad sources of interest to hospitals and their in-house laboratory components: opportunities on which to capitalize and hazards against which to defend.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-10
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Care Manager
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Environmental scan
  • Health care policy
  • Laboratories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning


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