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Benefits and bumps of shifting to Beaker

November 2017—If they were located in the Land of Oz, laboratories selecting a laboratory information system might not have to make a choice between full functionality and seamless integration with their electronic medical record system. They could just follow the helpful advice of the Scarecrow to Dorothy at a crossroads: “Go both ways.”

LIS niche modules flourish amid IT consolidation

November 2017—“There’s an app for that” was a common, if flippant, catch phrase to suggest that a software solution had already been devised for just about every need (at least until 2010, when Apple trademarked the catch phrase). In the laboratory industry today, you are likely to hear more references to software’s “functionality,” but the concept is the same. While debate continues over whether best-of-breed products or comprehensive information technology systems should rule the laboratory, health care IT companies have developed a profusion of modules or ancillary applications—sometimes packaged with an LIS, sometimes sold separately—to fill software gaps.

How billing systems profit from analytics and automation

May 2017—The laboratory financial systems of yesteryear were built to deliver on a prime directive: achieve optimal, timely payment. Fast-forward to today and the overriding goal remains largely the same, but the means to the end has become more sophisticated, with billing/accounts receivable/revenue cycle management systems providing capabilities to recover outstanding payments, pinpoint reimbursement bottlenecks, and deliver a diverse range of data.

Assessing LPL software

April 2017—Twenty years ago, CAP TODAY released its first product guide for laboratory-provider links software. The demand for connectivity was growing as laboratories built their outreach business, and the future looked bright for LPL software companies.

In AP systems marketplace, software comes and grows

February 2017—Software for anatomic pathology has evolved mightily since 1987, the year that CAP TODAY set sail on its maiden voyage as a monthly publication. During that year, HL7 was founded and the Co-Path system, then the flagship product of Collaborative Medical Systems, made a terrific splash on the small exhibit floor at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.

Workflow, regulatory unknowns tax molecular IT

April 2015—Alexis Carter, MD, immediate past president of the Association for Pathology Informatics, isn’t under any illusion about how well information technology is meeting the needs of molecular diagnostics. “Laboratory information systems right now do a fairly decent job of getting samples to the right lab, tracking the sample, and reporting results,” Dr. Carter says. But when it comes to molecular diagnostics laboratories, “LISs are really not where they should be. They’re kind of moving at a turtle’s pace to keep up.”

Hear me now? Another audition for speech recognition

March 2015—When Pete Fisher, MD, says his name aloud, the speech-recognition system he uses spits out the words “deep fissure” on the screen. And there are times when he says “note that” and “note fat” pops up instead. Despite the occasional hiccups, he loves the software and the freedom it affords him to do his work without being bound to a transcriptionist’s timetable.

Companies say their AP LIS is up to the job, and how

March 2015—From tracking charges in anatomic pathology and maintaining documentation to the changing classifications of some cancers, representatives of five companies tell CAP TODAY what their AP systems offer and what they’re working on to help labs.

The inside track in AP automation: new product guide

February 2015—Tissue processors, tissue embedders, microtomes, slide stainers—we tackled them all in our first-ever product guide to anatomic pathology automation. (Yes, we realize most tissue embedders are largely manual but included them because they are vital to the automated process.) Zeroing in on what questions to ask the vendors—that is, knowing what you, the readers, need to know—was no simple task.

How LIS tweaks can enhance efficiency, patient safety

November 2014—So, you have a great idea that will improve laboratory workflow and reduce errors? Chances are the change will depend on automation of some sort, and will involve the LIS. But upgrades to laboratory information systems may not come fast enough, and the middleware may not be available to accomplish what you need. Then the question becomes how to customize the LIS to achieve your aims.