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Laboratory Information System may also be referred to as :

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Tips for buying Laboratory Information System

  1. Various software features are available for laboratory information systems. The intended use of the clinical laboratory workstation system determines the combination of features necessary for each facility.
  2. An laboratory information system should offer some basic features, including general laboratory functions, phlebotomy functions and other features beneficial to the basic operation of a clinical laboratory.
  3. File backup capabilities as well as system security, such as password protection, should be offered by all laboratory data management information systems. They also need to be health level 7 compliant.
  4. When the laboratory has an existing system or is purchasing stand-alone laboratory information systems and may be considering implementing a hospital data management information system in the future, it should have the capability to interface with a medical center information system.
  5. To obtain hard copies of stored data, a printer should be available. Laboratories using bar coding should ensure that the symbologies are compatible with the laboratory management systems they are considering.
  6. Facilities considering the purchase of an ancillary information system, should carefully evaluate their current laboratory information system. Any inefficiency they might have will not necessarily be solved by automation.
  7. Facilities need to come up with a list of objectives and functional requirements for the laboratory information system and submit it for proposals to several suppliers.
  8. Facilities need to select the laboratory information system that best meets the needs of all the users. These are some of the factors to consider:
    • Hardware and software requirements for integrating with other laboratory information systems in the same facility or interfacing with another facility's microbiology information system.
    • The number and types of laboratory instrument interfaces available. Bi-directional interfaces can save time on high-volume instruments.
    • Multiple-site networking capabilities for outreach services and integration with a wide-area network.
    • Ease of upgrading and frequency with which the supplier upgrades.
    • Process regulation capability for use with an automated laboratory management system.
    • Availability of electronic commerce features, such as internet access and direct billing.
  9. An effective laboratory management information system is one that can interface with all existing information systems. It should be easily enlarged and upgraded and able to incorporate new technologies easily without affecting performance.
  10. Facilities should carefully design floor space and cabling. Installation planning is critical, because an entire room may be dedicated to hardware.
  11. To prevent hardware damage due to fire, sprinklers should be replaced by inert gas systems. Accommodating longer-distance signal connections may require additional equipment, such as telephone modems or fiber optic wiring. Facilities should keep in mind that adding special equipment might pose design problems and increase costs.
  12. Another factor to be considered by facilities to best defend against attack from computer viruses or worms is the microbiology information systems manufacturer's policy on handling security threats.
  13. An ancillary information management system to address security threats should be in place to minimize confusion, save time for system users, and reduce the risk of catastrophic failures from installation of an inappropriate update or from infection by a virus or worm.
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