Driving the route of laboratory medicine: a manifesto for the future

Mario Plebani, Michael Laposata, Giuseppe Lippi

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The role of laboratory medicine is essential in healthcare, since in vitro diagnostic testing represents now an unavoidable part of reasoning and clinical decision making. Laboratory tests are an essential part of most care pathways, aimed at optimizing resource utilization and improving patient outcome. The activity of laboratory professionals is interconnected with all medical disciplines, and provides a crucial support for ordering the right test, for the right patient and at the right time, but also helps interpreting and using laboratory data. Although recent advancement in laboratory medicine, catalyzed by technical innovations and development of innovative tests, have promoted a substantial revolution in the organization of clinical laboratories, the future of this profession seems still ambiguous. We have hence developed a “manifesto” of laboratory medicine, meant to promote an innovative prospect of our discipline and encouraging the establishment of a new generation of laboratory professionals and managers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternal and Emergency Medicine
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Diagnosis
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Quality
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine


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