Computer-Assisted Diagnostics Systems Help Doctors Get It Right; May Help Improve Utilization of Clinical Pathology Laboratory Tests

Computer diagnostics could offer opportunity for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to add value to clinicians in diagnosing diseases Efforts are intensifying to develop computer software that successfully emulates the skills of highly proficient diagnosticians. The motivation is increased pressure to reduce medical errors, including misdiagnosis. This is welcome news to many pathologists, who often see physicians ordering the wrong laboratory tests. Diagnostic mistakes account for...

VA Uses Integrated Health Informatics to Produce $3 Billion in Savings

Improved Utilization of Clinical Laboratory Tests Was One Source of Significant Savings Investment in health informatics saved the Veterans Administration (VA) more than $3 billion during the past 10 years. This was the finding of a newly-published study in Health Affairs. It is likely to have positive implications for how use of information technology (IT) improves utilization of clinical pathology laboratory tests. Titled “The Value from Investments in Health Information Technology at the...

Sales of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Systems to Physicians Will Double By End of 2012

Clinical laboratories and pathology groups are likely to need LIS upgrades Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may soon face the need to upgrade or switch their laboratory information system (LIS) to a version that is HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 capable. This is likely to be an overlooked consequence of the mass adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems by physicians across the country. Between 2011 and 2015, it is predicted that 350,000 or more physicians will implement an...
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