Recent changes in federal and state legislation, as well as reimbursement issues that have placed financial pressure on clinical laboratories, have motivated laboratories to find ways to make their workflow more efficient and cost-effective, with an emphasis on installing laboratory information systems (LIS) that can interface with their institution’s electronic health records, instrumentation, and client’s electronic medical records.

Although numerous laboratories have “home-grown” or off-the-shelf LIS, the programming languages, capabilities, and flexibility of these legacy systems is not adequate to deal with today’s complicated reimbursement and technology environment.

A newly-published White Paper by The Dark Report and Dark Daily, “Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises,” provides laboratory leaders with the information they need to develop their own set of criteria that can be used to start the search for a replacement LIS. It is available free download.

Case studies describe the challenges inherent in replacing a legacy LIS and provide insight into how some clinical laboratories have addressed those challenges. Criteria take into account a laboratory’s unique workflow; laboratory, institutional, customer, and instrumentation interfaces; and various national and international standards and certifications. Criteria can be developed to take into account billing, sales, imaging, and specialty areas such as molecular techniques, genetics, and anatomic pathology.

Source: Dark Report