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

A 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.

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...

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...

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...

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...
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