Integrating Clinical Laboratories into Healthcare Networks: Using a clinical exchange solution to fully integrate disparate IT systems and lab instruments


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AUSTIN, Texas (July 8, 2014) – Healthcare is all about transfer of data, whether the data is clinical information, insurance/reimbursement information, regulatory information, or business data related to the healthcare enterprise. Hospitals, laboratories, physicians, and pathology groups are increasingly linked into larger healthcare networks and health systems. In addition to clinical networks, there are business networks, medical records networks, patient health networks, and inpatient and outpatient networks.

Add to that the fact that clinical laboratories, pathology groups, and healthcare providers of all types are doing business in the most volatile and competitive business environment ever. Regulatory trends are requiring greater integration and connectivity, increased quality and accountability, while simultaneously decreasing reimbursement.

Though healthcare networks have come a long way in the last twenty years, it can still be expensive, time-consuming and challenging to integrate disparate systems into a coherent, efficient healthcare network. One solution is to utilize an experienced network partner whose clinical network can act as a hub for all the other networks to connect through, such as the Emdeon Clinical Exchange™.

“Healthcare reform is pushing clinical laboratories and pathology groups to develop collaborative relationships with ACOs, medical homes, and other evolving models of integrated clinical care,” observed Robert L. Michel, Editor-In-Chief of The Dark Report. “One challenge labs need to overcome with such collaborations is the costs and time involved in multiple interface builds. Use of an existing middleware-type platform to serve as a portal for healthcare networks is an effective solution that solves both workflow and connectivity disparities within a larger network.”

Addressing this important topic about how labs are utilizing business intelligence is a recently published free white paper from The Dark Report, entitled “Integrating Clinical Laboratories into Healthcare Networks: Using clinical exchange and elegant workflow design to enhance service value and reduce costs.”  Published by The Dark Report and Dark Daily,  it is available free to laboratory professionals as a PDF download.

This free White Paper specifically addresses:

  • The complex network structure of today’s clinical laboratories and networked healthcare systems
  • Essentials of integrated clinical laboratory operations
  • Challenges and complexities of clinical laboratory network integration
  • How to advance the value propositions of the fully integrated clinical laboratory
  • Case study: How a major metropolitan health system laboratory utilized the Emdeon Clinical Exchange™ to integrate its automated production lab into a larger network in a short period of time, with minimum expense and disruption to workflow

The paper’s editor is Michele Judge, Senior Director of Clinical Services at Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, connecting payers, providers, and patients in the U.S. healthcare system.Michele has over 20 years of experience in managing, deploying and developing computerized physician order entry solutions for laboratories, hospitals and pharmacies. She has published numerous articles on the topics of computerized physician order entry, meaningful use, and electronic prescribing, and is recognized as a thought leader in the laboratory industry.

“Integrating Clinical Laboratories into Healthcare Networks: Using clinical exchange and elegant workflow design to enhance service value and reduce costs,” is part of the Dark Daily Resource Center, which has a growing library of White Papers and other information resources tailored specifically to the needs of laboratory administrators, lab managers, pathologists, and lab industry consultants.

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

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.