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NovoPath-sponsored session at 23rd annual Executive War College conference

NovoPath is sponsoring an educational session on how laboratories can use Lean and Six Sigma principles at the 23rd annual Executive War College Conference on Laboratory and Pathology Management, May 1–2 in New Orleans.

The session, titled “Using Your LIS to Design and Improve your Lean Laboratory,” will be presented by Leo Serrano, DLM(ASCP), clinical and operations consultant for FirstPath, an independent pathology group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Serrano, a Lean Six Sigma black belt, has more than 50 years of laboratory management experience and an extensive background in outreach laboratory services, quality management, and process improvement. He also directed the first U.S. hospital laboratory to achieve ISO-15189 accreditation, which re-accredited for a second cycle.

“With challenges such as reimbursement reductions and increased regulations, applying Lean principles when designing or redesigning workflow in the lab could yield substantial and measurable results in reducing bottle necks, identifying waste, reducing the probability of patient errors, and improving profitability in general,” Rick Callahan, vice president of sales and marketing for NovoPath, said in a statement.

“Healthcare and laboratory medicine are changing at an accelerating rate,” Robert L. Michel, founder and organizer of the Executive War College, said. “This is why innovative laboratories are tapping the resources of companies such as NovoPath to learn about the best practices in lab management and operations used by their most progressive lab clients—best practices that they can adopt and implement in their own laboratory to stay clinically relevant and financially robust.”

The session will take place Tuesday, May 1, at 7 AM. For more information about the Executive War College conference, visit

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