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Clinical Laboratory Information System Implementation Brief: What You Need to Know About LIS Installations, Conversions, and Interface Projects

Clinical Laboratory Information System Implementation Brief: What You Need to Know About LIS Installations, Conversions, and Interface Projects

Clinical Laboratory System Implementation BriefA recent LIS market report shows that demand for a modern LIS is driven by a number of factors: acceleration of laboratory automation, the need for improved lab efficiency, advances in integrated functionality, importance of compliance with regulatory requirements, and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases.

Indeed, because all laboratories are now routinely being asked to do more with less, these and numerous other urgent reasons are compelling independent and hospital laboratories to invest resources in a major laboratory information implementation or upgrade.

Dark Daily is pleased to offer a new FREE White Paper providing practical insights and indispensable how-to’s regarding the enormous challenges associated with installing, converting, and interfacing a laboratory information system. This paper, written by an expert who has experienced (and overcome) these challenges, outlines for you a multi-step plan for bringing your laboratory team together toward the common goal of a modern LIS, thus expanding your lab’s capabilities, ensuring efficient operations, and yielding quality improvement.


This White Paper specifically addresses:

  • Questions to ask when researching a laboratory information system
  • Finding the right project manager who will mesh well with your laboratory and put into place the steps necessary to make your LIS installation or conversion a success
  • Building a realistic budget for your project, including important considerations not directly related to your implementation
  • Events important to include in your project plan that are often overlooked
  • Reasons, many not obvious, for eliminating as many variables, non-essential tasks, and complicated workflows as possible—pre go-live
  • And much more!

Table of Contents


Part 1: Components of a Clinical Laboratory Information System Implementation

             Phase 1: Project Initiation, LIS Preparation, Gap Analysis, and New Software

             Phase 2: Installing the Laboratory Information System, Configuration, Data, Interfaces

PART 2: Critical LIS Testing and Parallels: Can We Achieve a ‘Non-Event’ at LIVE?

             Phase 3: Laboratory Information System Testing and Training

             Phase 4: Laboratory Information System LIVE and Support

Key Takeaways

The right LIS is key to your laboratory’s quality operations. And when it comes to LIS installations, conversions, and interface projects, there are a multitude of issues to consider. Achieving the successful implementation will not only streamline your laboratory processes, it will also provide the added benefits of improved staff morale and stronger relationships with your clients and investors.

As a member of your laboratory’s leadership team, learn what you need to know during every phase of LIS change —download your FREE copy of Clinical Laboratory Information System Implementation Briefbelow!

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In the United Kingdom, Pathology and Medical Laboratory Testing Face Tough Challenges as the NHS Implements Reforms and Budget Cuts

Innovative pathology laboratory organizations in the UK and Europe will come together at the Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) conference on January 31-February 1, 2012

For decades, the pathology and medical laboratory service in the United Kingdom has been the envy of many developed nations. But times change and the National Health Service (NHS) finds itself coping with increased demand, shrinking budgets, and soaring healthcare costs. As a result, the NHS is asking pathology testing labs in the UK to do more with less.

Consequently, the status quo for pathology and medical laboratory medicine in the United Kingdom is undergoing fundamental change—often at a rapid pace. In some areas, multiple hospital laboratories are being asked to consolidate into a single regional lab organization.

Another change is that price competition for pathology testing has become a factor. Within the NHS, primary care trusts now tender for pathology testing services and commission those pathology laboratories that bid the most competitive prices. The tender and commissioning process is creating new economic winners and losers among pathology laboratories throughout the United Kingdom. (more…)

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Outreach Programs Are Revenue Bright Spot for Nation’s Health Systems and Hospitals

However, medical laboratory billing/collections is often weak, even at top-performing outreach programs

If there is one bright spot in the revenue picture for many hospitals and health systems, it is how well-run hospital laboratory outreach programs produce strong growth in net revenue and contribution margin. Because of double-digit growth rates for outreach and outpatient procedures, clinical laboratory programs that target office-based physicians can produce impressive results.

“In our annual survey of hospital and health system laboratory outreach programs,” a significant number of participating hospitals report very strong rates of growth in specimen volume and net collected revenue,” stated Kathleen Murphy, Ph.D., who is CEO of Chi Solutions, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “We are regularly surprised at how many of these better-performing hospital lab outreach programs are growing at rates of 12% to 25% per year, sustained over three to more consecutive years. (more…)

PAML & Providence Health Announce Clinical Pathology Laboratory Joint Venture in California

Hospital lab—commercial medical laboratory collaboration will launch in San Fernando Valley

Yesterday, Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) announced a new clinical pathology laboratory joint venture (JV) that is likely to create a tough new laboratory competitor in Southern California.

Spokane, Washington-based PAML and Renton, Washington-based Providence Health & Services will create a new medical laboratory services company to serve California’s San Fernando Valley and its surrounding communities. The new company will begin operating early in 2011 and will be called California Laboratory Associates (CLA), LLC. CLA will provide routine laboratory testing services to medical practices and hospitals from the recently remodeled labs at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, and more specialized reference and esoteric testing from PAML’s laboratory in Washington.


Oregon Publishes Its First Statewide Report on Hospital Infection Rates to Help Consumers

Role of Clinical Pathology Laboratories in Hospitals may be Boosted by New Public Report

Transparency in provider outcomes took another step forward recently as the State of Oregon published its first report of hospital-acquired infections covering the year 2009. Because pathologists and clinical laboratory administrators are likely to eventually see similar public reporting in their states, this development has nationwide implications.

The report was compiled and released by the Office of Oregon Health Policy Research (OHPR). It compares healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates at 58 hospitals and health facilities across the state.