Lab I.T. Put to the Test

A primary concern when switching from a best-of-breed laboratory system is that connectivity has to be re-built for an enterprise LIS, Tone says. Lab information systems are tethered to numerous applications, such as blood banks, hematology and anatomic pathology systems, as well as software for centralized instrument management.

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Getting lab data to clinicians in a format they can view and share efficiently has been a problem for best-of-breed Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) since the 1960s. It's a classic user interface design problem. By default, clinical lab and all other diagnostic test results have always been reported and displayed to their users as incomplete, hard to read, disorganized data, not the complete, clinically integrated and actionable information that physicians and patients really need to improve care coordination and collaboratively eliminate unnecessary testing costs.

By standardizing and clinically integrating test results reporting, viewing and sharing processes, EHR, PHR and HIE platforms would help their physician and patient users save time and money and improve patient safety. Doing this would be a giant step forward for all health system enterprises that choose an enterprise IT vendor to standardize their infrastructure, homogenize their information systems and rebuild connectivity for their enterprise LIS.

Most public policy makers believe that collaboratively achieving full semantic interoperability will benefit the vendors of high-value health IT systems, their hospital and physician customers and the patients they serve. What is not yet clear is whether hospitals, physicians and patients understanding the efficiency value proposition of a user-friendly, standard reporting format for all test results might incentivize some of the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium vendors to get on board with such a constructively disruptive IT innovation.(1)

(1) http://www.christenseninstitute.org/why-ehrs-are-not-yet-disruptive
Posted by Robert C | Saturday, June 28 2014 at 6:42PM ET
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