Connecting Labs to Physicians’ Electronic Health Records: Effective Strategies for Laboratories to Add Value


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AUSTIN, Texas (April 29, 2011) — With physicians’ adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) soaring, laboratories are facing increased demand for integrated connectivity for orders and structured results reporting, as well as the threat of reduced utilization and loss of market share if unprepared. Partnering with an open connectivity provider will enable laboratories to offer a single, efficient, cost-effective integration strategy to physicians’ EHRs. First movers that recognize the opportunity and risks will stand a better chance to compete and thrive in a changing market. That’s the message in a newly-published White Paper, “Connecting Labs to Physicians’ Electronic Health Records: Effective Strategies for Labs to Add Value.”

The laboratory services market is highly competitive with a diverse group of players. Unlike the large national and regional organizations, hospital and independent laboratories have historically been slow to implement effective health information technology (HIT) strategies. Understanding market drivers, risks, and potential benefits are important survival skills that will enable laboratories to successfully leverage HIT to better engage their clients and compete in a rapidly changing environment.

This White Paper will help laboratories to implement solutions that deliver the levels of service and connectivity needed to remain competitive and increase market share. Published by The Dark Report and Dark Daily, it is available free to laboratory professionals as a PDF download.

The paper’s co-author, Gai Elhanan, MD, MA, is Chief Medical Information Officer of Halfpenny Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare connectivity and integration solutions for clinical data exchange. An experienced physician, Dr. Elhanan also has a wealth of advanced training in the field of medical informatics. Co-author Mitch Fry is Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development of Halfpenny Technologies, Inc. He has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience within the healthcare information technology market.

This White Paper, “Connecting Labs to Physicians’ Electronic Health Records: Effective Strategies for Labs to Add Value,” is available for free download as a PDF at . It is part of the Dark Daily Resource Center which has a growing library of White Papers and other information resources tailored specifically for the needs of laboratory administrators, lab managers, pathologists, and lab industry consultants.

For additional information, Contact:  Ron Martin at 512-264-7103

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Established in 1995, The Dark Report is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely-read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The Dark Report produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by The Dark Report are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals), Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). The Dark Report co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.