Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises


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Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises Increasingly LIS’s offer what laboratories need: modular-based LIS’s with customizable functionality, scalability and a high level of adaptable connectivity for both institutional EMRs and physician access. In addition, laboratories increasingly expect high levels of customer service from LIS vendors. The environment for health information technology, specifically LIS’s, requires adherence to a number of national and international standards including CLIA, CCHIT, ANSI, HL7, HITSP, and LOINC.

A modern medium to large clinical diagnostic laboratory is made up of numerous specialized laboratory units – microbiology, chemistry, hematology, anatomic pathology, etc. – which all have unique needs and workflows. This presents challenges for LIS’s, which can be handled through modular systems that utilize a single database, are flexible and scalable, and can be customized for each laboratory unit or institution’s needs. Many laboratories also require customizable non-clinical applications like billing and client connectivity.

The Dark Report is happy to offer our readers a chance to download our recently published FREE White Paper “Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises” at absolutely no charge. This free download looks at all of these topics and present solutions presented by New Jersey-based NeTLIMS through two case studies involving NICL Laboratories in Illinois and Shiel Medical Laboratory in New York.

Among other topics, this FREE White Paper specifically addresses:

  1. Unique lab work flow needs
  2. Some common interface challenges
  3. Off the shelf LIS vs custom LIS solutions
  4. Implementing LIS into your lab, a sample case study

Table of Contents

Executive Summary & Objectives — Page 3

Chapter 1.
What is a Laboratory Information System? — Page 7

Chapter 2.
Standards and the Interface Challenge — Page 12

Chapter 3.
The Multiple Component Challenge — Page 18

Chapter 4.
Off-The-Shelf Versus Customizable LIS’s — Page 22

Chapter 5.
The Implementation Challenge — Page 24

Chapter 6.
Case Studies: Implementing a Laboratory Information System — Page 27

Chapter 7. Conclusion — Page 32


A-1 About Gerald Choder — Page 36
About NeTLIMS — Page 37
A-3 About DARK DAILY— Page 38
A-4 About The Dark Intelligence Group, Inc., and The Dark Report — Page 39
A-5 About Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management— Page 40
A-6 About Mark Terry — Page 42

Terms of Use — Page 44