Automation makes medical labs more efficient and profitable. That’s why using a well-designed lab result software is one of the best ways to:
- Achieve fast data transfer and connectivity with other medical information systems
- Avoid unnecessary processing errors
- Maintain effective communication with purchasing and billing departments
- Provide a higher quality of care for patients
The type of lab software you choose for your operations depends on your practice’s nature and size. Whether your lab is a standalone, independent lab, or part of a mid-sized or large healthcare organization, you can find a solution that will meet your needs.
These are some of the pertinent features to look for while researching lab software.
1. Efficient Data Storage and Retrieval
Your lab software should store all test data from when the test order is captured to the point when results are released. This will eliminate the need to maintain paper filing systems and reduce errors in lab tests and results.
After storing results, the software must make them easy to retrieve. It should come with a robust search system that allows you to retrieve results using various search parameters such as patient name, ID number, date, type of test, name of the client, and many more. Users should also be allowed to view or print results in a well-formatted report.
2. System Integration
Integration of lab systems and EHRs is no longer optional; it is a necessity. So, find out if the software has interfaces for integration with electronic health records and practice management systems. This is necessary to meet legal Meaningful Use requirements.
However, the most significant benefit comes when your lab can connect many client EHRs for the fast and smooth transfer of test orders and results.
Lab system integration has a direct influence on the success of your lab outreach programs. That’s why integration must be a top priority while choosing your lab management solution.
3. Cloud-based Deployment
Virtually all newly built lab software comes with a cloud-based option. Cloud-based deployment is usually more economical for small practices or labs that only offer specialty services.
On the other hand, large practices with fully equipped health IT departments may require an on-premise installation. This does not, however, imply that large practices cannot benefit from a cloud-based installation.
The primary concern for most large practices is the security, safety, and ownership of data stored on the application provider’s servers. To avoid violating privacy regulations, providers must prevent all unauthorized data access by paying for dedicated servers and cloud storage.
4. HIPAA Compliance
In the healthcare industry, privacy regulations require strict compliance. One of the most important regulations is the HIPAA, which states the rules and guidelines to follow when storing, retrieving, viewing, or transmitting patients’ medical records.
You must be familiar with HIPAA rules and ask your potential software vendor to show you how their software will meet the HIPAA requirements.
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