Indianapolis-based Bostech Corp. has integrated a third-party biopsy tissue specimen management system with its ChainBuilder application, which integrates laboratory information systems to physicians' electronic health records systems.

The vendor is using the "know error" system of Diagnostic ID LLC, also in Indianapolis. The system uses bar code technology and DNA fingerprinting to prevent the misidentification of tissue samples.

The know error system is used during biopsy procedures. A patient's DNA is taken with a swabbing of the inside cheek and the swab is sent to a forensics lab along with the patient's unique ID. A unique bar code is attached to the patient's file and all other materials in the biopsy kit.

When the patient's pathology results come back, the lab analyzes the tissue yielding the results and compares it to the DNA from the swab to confirm a match. More information is available at and

--Joseph Goedert


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