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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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United Health Disrupts the National Contract Status Quo Between the Two Blood Brothers

It was major news yesterday when the public learned that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated had awarded an exclusive, 10-year national contract for laboratory testing services to Laboratory Corporation of America. UnitedHealth is the nation’s second largest health insurance company, with approximately 26 million beneficiaries. LabCorp says it should see an additional $3 billion in revenue during the 10-year term of its pact with UnitedHealth.

This new contract takes effect on January 1, 2007. After that date, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated ceases to be a contract provider of laboratory services to UnitedHealth beneficiaries, with a few exceptions. Quest Diagnostics acknowledges that its UnitedHealth book of business represents 7% of total revenues, or about $385 million per year. That business is now at risk, for a number of reasons.

What is big news for LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics is likely to be a “ho hum” for most other laboratories. That’s because they are already excluded from lab testing contracts with UnitedHealth. What may be of more immediate impact to hospital lab outreach programs and independent laboratory companies is the fact that LabCorp will be developing contract networks for UnitedHealth in selected regions around the United States. Depending on the prices and terms of such contract networks, local labs may find it advantageous to participate to gain access to UnitedHealth beneficiaries.

As to the two blood brothers, Dark Daily predicts the capture of UnitedHealth’s business by LabCorp will intensify competition between the two billion-dollar behemoths. Quest Diagnostics will not lie down and cede the UnitedHealth business to LabCorp. Nor will LabCorp be anything but aggressive about exploiting this opportunity. From this perspective, news that LabCorp has been granted an exclusive, 10-year lab testing services contract with UnitedHealth Group is just the first round. Stay tuned, because the battle is about to get nasty. Check out coming issues of The Dark Report for additional intelligence about this tectonic shift in national lab contracts.