You can expect your new laboratory information management system to to make processing your lab samples and tests easier and more efficient. Your system should do more than just store basic information about each sample you work with. Here are a few important things that the new laboratory information management system you decide to invest in should offer:
One important feature your new lab information management system should offer is integrated rules-based technology. By having the ability to input specific rules for every step of the decision making process, you will have peace of mind in knowing that each of your technicians are aware of exactly what to do while processing samples. Instead of having to decide whether a specific sample should be stored in one area or another, they can use the rules-based process within your management system to determine where the proper storage location is.
Your technicians can also follow a rule-based checklist when processing lab samples for tests to ensure that nothing important is overlooked or done incorrectly. You won't have to worry about whether your patients are getting accurate results at the end of the day.
Custom Patient Reporting
Your patients will likely want to learn about their laboratory results as soon as they become available, so it's a good idea to make sure that the information management system you choose comes complete with a custom patient reporting system. Once a lab sample has been processed, your system should generate a report based on the specific algorithms that you put into place and ready it for your patient.
You should be able to set the reporting algorithms based on a client's specific health concerns, the type of information you want to provide them, and the style of reporting the patient would most easily understand. And it should be easy to print, fax, email, or even text the report to your patients immediately after it's been generated.
Storage Data Management
In addition to managing the process of sample testing and reporting, your new laboratory information system should offer storage data management support. You need to know exactly where a sample is at all times. If it's being tested, it should be signed out of storage by the responsible technician and signed back in at the testing lab.
Instead of relying on your technicians and nurses to properly document every time they move a sample, test it, or throw it out, you could have them scan the sample their working with as they proceed and have that information sent directly into your management system. You can then log into the system and look any sample up to find out exactly where it is and what condition it is in.