Six Health IT Companies Join Forces to Develop Interoperable EHR Systems to Better Compete Against Epic’s EHR Product

CommonWell is the name of the new organization formed to create the interoperability that would enable universal access to each patient’s health care records It was big news in the healthcare IT world when six major healthcare IT companies joined together on March 4 and announced a collaboration intended to develop electronic health record (EHR) systems that are interoperable. That is a goal that can come none too soon for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. The collaboration...

Innovations in Clinical Pathology Laboratory Management at the 2011 Executive War College in New Orleans

Record crowd of pathologists and clinical laboratory managers hear from medical lab industry leaders Dateline: New Orleans, Louisiana—Here at the 16th annual Executive War College (EWC) on laboratory and pathology management, a crowd of record size has gathered to learn the latest trends in the clinical laboratory testing marketplace, and to hear about innovations and new management breakthroughs, as shared by top-performing medical laboratories. As your Dark Daily editor, this is my first...

Is “Meaningful Use” the Elephant in the Pathology Lab’s Living Room?

Clinical laboratories and pathology groups must be ready to support physicians’ EMR adoption In 2011, physicians can earn federal incentives for adopting electronic medical record (EMR) systems and demonstrating “meaningful use.” Every clinical laboratory and pathology group must be ready to deal with this new development. That’s because hundreds of thousands of physicians are about to embark on EMR implementation in their practices—with or without laboratory participation. Meaningful use was...

How Clinical Pathology Laboratories Are Preparing to Support EMR Adoption by Office-Based Physicians

Some U.S. laboratories already ramping up their LIS resources to meet demand for LIS-to-EMR interfaces Clinical laboratory managers and pathology groups need to prepare for what is expected to be a tsunami of requests by physicians who want their newly-implemented electronic medical record (EMR) systems to be interfaced with their laboratory’s LIS. This approaching tsunami is a consequence of the billions in federal incentive payments designed to encourage doctors to adopt EMRs. It means lab...

$17 Billion in HITECH Act Funding Encourages Doctors to Adopt EMRs; Integration with the Clinical Laboratory LIS is Crucial

Surge of requests for LIS-to-EMR interfaces will soon hit clinical pathology laboratories EMR adoption by office-based physicians is about to seriously challenge the capability of the nation’s clinical pathology laboratories to quickly build interfaces with the electronic medical record (EMR) systems of their client doctors. That’s the prediction of one of the nation’s foremost experts on how to connect clinical pathology laboratories with physician EMRs. “Today, only one of four physicians...
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