In our effort to drive optimal quality care at a lower cost in the primary care setting, Life Laboratory provides a demonstration platform to research, design and implement new strategies and procedures for the treatment of primary care patients. We leverage emerging technologies to measure, track and report its findings to patients, physicians, medical researchers, insurance providers, and academics. Specifically, by using state-of-the-art technology in an appropriate and effective manner, Life Laboratory is able to identify those processes, treatments and procedures that deliver optimum outcomes for primary care patients. Once identified, such treatment modalities are incorporated into the Life Laboratory model that is tested in “living laboratories of research” (i.e. partnering primary care practices). Life Laboratory also uses such technologies to report the results of its research to those stakeholders with an interest in advancing quality health care. In the end, the Life Laboratory model serves to educate all stakeholders about how best to reduce the cost and improve the safety of health care at a the primary care level.
At Life Laboratory, we strive to ensure that high value for patients is the primary focus of health care delivery. Incorporating concepts, such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Population Health and Triple Aim, as well as advocating for the patient’s voice, Life Laboratory is changing health care.
Life Laboratory research has already accumulated more than two decades of data from a primary care medical practice serving approximately 15,000 patients. Through this research, we have demonstrated how a primary care practice can achieve the following:
- Lower the number of patients visiting the emergency rooms
- Lower the number of prescriptions prescribed per patient
- Lower the total costs of prescribed medications
- Evaluate cost centers for primary care offices such as the cost of prior authorization
This research confirms that optimum quality care can cost less!