Because in Clinical Pathology Laboratories, It’s a Matter of Life and Death
The work conducted in medical and clinical pathology laboratories focuses on testing specimens to gain information that directly affects patient health. From these results, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention may begin. Clinical specimens include blood, urine, tissue, and extracts. The testing may include chemistry, microbiology, and hematology. Some studies show that up to 70 percent of clinical decisions are based on laboratory testing and results.
The use of a LIMS ensures the laboratory processing patient-centric samples is operating efficiently and accurately. In a clinical lab setting, the LIMS is typically interfaced with an EHR or hospital information system. The automation of as many systems as possible helps guarantee quicker results and analytics while reducing errors.
Within the US, the legislative guidelines under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulate medical laboratory testing and personnel. Internationally, ISO 15189 standard provides requirements for the quality and competency of clinical laboratories. Confidentiality of the patient information (PHI – protected health information) is regulated under HIPAA.
For decades now, HORIZON has streamlined clinical and public health laboratories around the country with its highly configurable LIMS. We work diligently to provide efficient, compliant clinical lab operations. Let’s talk about your clinical lab needs.