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November 2012

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...

The Lab Manager is the Key In the earlier days of LIS software implementation, the pitch and decision process went through the lab manager. He or she was the individual with the most direct knowledge of the workings of their lab, and they understood exactly what...

"Single Vendor Solution" Not as Simple as it Appears Virtually any good LIS, whether new or pre-existing, can be easily integrated to any other clinical information system via a standard HL-7 or ASTM interface. Even so, many EMR vendors seek to sell a “single vendor solution”...

The Clinical Laboratory is the Beneficiary of LIS Software It's an interesting time to work in a clinical laboratory. With decreases in number of Lab Tech training programs and increases in the number of elderly Americans over the last decade, it's been difficult for many labs...

HIV/AIDS and the Africa Lab It's widely known that HIV infection is at epidemic proportions throughout Africa. Labs in highly affected countries are not only struggling with an overwhelming number of tests, but they're struggling against a number of misdiagnoses. Initial testing alone often taxes an...

Make Sure Unbilled Lab Tests Don't Slip Through the Cracks Statistics and studies over the years have shown the amount of unbilled lab tests can climb up to 25% of total tests. This happens either due to misplacement, human error, or a rejection/decline due to error...