Dr. Lauren Anthony is the system medical director for the Allina Health clinical laboratories, covering 12 hospitals and 84 clinics. In 2011, the Allina Health System launched a system-wide blood management program, saving over 24,000 units and $3M in blood center charges since implementation. Key to this effort was establishment of a system Transfusion Care Council, currently chaired by Dr. Anthony.
Dr. Anthony earned her medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine and completed her pathology residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, including clinical year in family medicine. She is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. Following residency, Dr. Anthony worked as a pathologist at Bronson Health in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she received the Physician President’s Team Award for her leadership and collaboration within the organization. Dr. Anthony earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and before becoming a pathologist, Dr. Anthony had a 10 year career as a medical laboratory scientist, specialist in blood banking, and director of an associate degree program for medical laboratory technicians.
Blood utilization is a mainstay of medical therapy, but it also can be risky and costly. Allina Health needed a strategy and work plan that would increase its adherence to evidence-based guidelines, and make better use of a limited, costly resources, while ensuring patients were receiving the best care possible.
This session will review how to use blood conservation strategies, education, analytics, and decision support at order entry to develop and implement a successful, systemwide process for improving the utilization of blood products, resulting in early operational wins including saving millions of dollars and improving clinical outcomes.