The implementation of electronic health records systems is changing how laboratory data are transmitted and displayed. However, concerns have been raised regarding the usability and interoperability of laboratory data in EHR systems.

Well-designed and rigorously tested EHR systems can improve care by making it easier to collect, share, and interpret patient data, according to a just released paper from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But laboratory data-related interoperability issues and display discrepancies in EHR systems can have serious consequences. Variations in EHR system design, functionality, and ability to exchange data accurately result in preventable patient safety risks. 

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