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December 2012

2013 is here! Is your lab ready? The field of medical technology is always growing and shifting. It's extremely important to be flexible and able to change with it. At Comp Pro Med, we operate with an intimate team that allows for putting our hands directly...

Creating a Transition Plan for LIS Interfacing You've done your research, you've made your choice, and now you're ready to install a new Laboratory Information System. Fantastic! But what are your next steps? You can't just plug it in and walk away, especially if you're also...

LIS vs. LIMS - Which is Best? Before determining whether an LIS or LIMS is better for your particular facility, you should know the differences between the two. Although they have similar names (Laboratory Information System and Laboratory Information Management System) and can be fairly easily...

Commissioning a Custom LIS for Your Lab Many laboratory software vendors offer a number of pre-packaged solutions, but not many are willing to work with you personally to create a custom LIS. Now that the technology has been around for a significant amount of time, it's...

Polytech LIS Offers ICD-10 Codes Well Before Required Deadline Remaining on top of updated medical requirements, like the use of ICD-10 codes, is one of the benefits of working with a smaller team dedicated to select laboratory software offerings. Among the other advantages is the ability...

Avoiding a Lab Interface Purchase Can Cost You When you're staring at the hard numbers while making financial decisions, it's easy to put off incorporating a lab interface, or ignore it altogether as a needless extra. The upfront cost is often negligible in the long run,...

Now Remote Clinics Have Easy Information Access If you're working with remote clinics or other satellite stations, you may be dealing with problems ranging from communication issues to mix-ups. Getting test information and patient records to the outside labs you're working with can get messy. Imagine...

Make Eliminating Lab Errors Your Goal We've discussed the monetary loss behind lab errors in previous posts, but we haven't written much about the serious dangers of mislabeling or mixing up lab samples. It's true that up to 25% of lab tests go unbilled, and it's...

A Lab Interface Helps Your System Communicate An Electronic Medical Record is the obvious option when upgrading your lab for automation, but it can't do everything a lab interface can. While EMRs can communicate with certain computers and allow for the storage and retrieval of your...

Utilizing a Laboratory Barcode System Many discussions about automating labs discuss LIS software or EMRs, but not many discuss using a Laboratory Barcode System. Perhaps it's because industry people assume using barcodes to aid in organization and labeling is a given, or maybe it's because it's...