Labs are like hubs with multiple stakeholders and loads of information

A typical lab is a hub of activity, with multiple stakeholders needing access to lots of information – all the time. How does a lab meet the demands of clinicians, patients, suppliers, employees, supervisors, and outside departments all at the same time? A cloud-based LIS – Laboratory Information System – may be the solution.

Modern LIS systems are fully HIPAA compliant, and offer end-to-end SSL based encryption, so data safety is less of a concern.

Everyone – to the Cloud!

There is no question that IT systems of all types are moving to the cloud. This allows users to log on and access the web-based information from anywhere with a mobile or internet connection. Modern LIS systems are fully HIPAA compliant, and offer end-to-end SSL based encryption, so data safety is less of a concern.

Some practical applications:

  • Physicians can monitor important lab results for their patients while on the go – from a phone or tablet.
  • Patients can get results quickly from patient portals
  • Lab personnel can order supplies and manage inventory
  • Information easily flows into billing modules, allowing for accurate revenue collection.
  • Alert providers if the same lab has already been ordered on a patient, eliminating duplicates.
  • Supports traveling phlebotomists and couriers through managing deliverables and travel.
  • Manage clinical trials and research.

Data and more Data

Labs are being asked to collect more and more data for quality reporting – and it is not optional. For example, the latest Covid-19 requirement is for labs to submit demographic data for all their positive tests. This includes race, age, county, and other information. An LIS report can make this an automated task and make compliance a breeze.

Buy or subscribe? Buying software usually offers more opportunities for customization, which is often needed by larger organizations. Subscribing is becoming a popular option for smaller and medium-sized labs – this is called a SaaS LIS model.

Two Options

When considering moving to a LIS, labs have two choices – buy or subscribe. Buying software usually offers more opportunities for customization, which is usually needed by larger organizations. Subscribing is becoming a popular option for smaller and medium-sized labs – this is called a SaaS LIS model. SaaS simply means Software as a Service. Typically, a lab subscribes for a certain number of users, and can select the different modules needed, but no customization is offered. The burden of maintaining the system, updating it, and meeting HIPAA regulations falls on the software vendor, rather than the lab.

As telehealth and patient-centered care becomes the focus, labs will be pressured to provide more timely and accessible information.

Cloud-Based LIS is the New Standard

When evaluating lab software systems, a lot has changed in the past few years! Outdated systems are not keeping up with the rapid pace of IT advancement. As telehealth and patient-centered care becomes the focus, labs will be pressured to provide more timely and accessible information. Physicians work differently than ever before, maintaining constant connectivity and with resources at their fingertips. Providing the LIS system that makes the most sense for your business offers not only great service and user experience, but it offers financial benefits in the form of supply management and billing.