Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises


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AUSTIN, Texas (August 24, 2011) — Recent changes in federal and state legislation, as well as reimbursement issues that have placed financial pressure on clinical laboratories, have motivated laboratories to find ways to make their workflow more efficient and cost-effective, with an emphasis on installing laboratory information systems (LIS) that can interface with their institution’s electronic health records, instrumentation, and client’s electronic medical records.

Although numerous laboratories have “home-grown” or off-the-shelf LIS’, the programming languages, capabilities, and flexibility of these legacy systems is not adequate to deal with today’s complicated reimbursement and technology environment.

A newly-published White Paper by The Dark Report and Dark Daily, “Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises,” provides laboratory leaders with the information they need to develop their own set of criteria that can be used to start the search for a replacement LIS. It is available free as a PDF download at:

Ultimately, today’s clinical laboratory needs a LIS that meets national and international standards and is flexible, granular, scalable, and customizable. It needs to be able to interface with existing electronic health records, be Web enabled, and easily modifiable.

Case studies describe the challenges inherent in replacing a legacy LIS and provide insight into how some clinical laboratories have addressed those challenges. Criteria take into account a laboratory’s unique workflow; laboratory, institutional, customer, and instrumentation interfaces; and various national and international standards and certifications. Criteria can be developed to take into account billing, sales, imaging, and specialty areas such as molecular techniques, genetics, and anatomic pathology.

The White Paper’s author, Gerald J. Choder, is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NeTLIMS, LLC, in Jersey City, NJ. A former doctoral candidate in biochemistry, Choder has had a series of increasingly high-profile sales positions in the health care I.T. space.

This White Paper, “Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises,” 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, 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.