LIS System ‘MediLab LIS’ General Features
MediLab LIS Laboratory Platform promotes success. It offers a broad range of user-configurable functionality. This provides the best solution to current requirements and also enables the system to be readily adapted as your business needs change. Our commitment to open standards also means that the MediLab solution will be compatible with your existing computing environment and that you can be confident it will adapt to the future via HL7 Interoperability.
Customers easily upgrade to new release versions and implement new computing technology without reconfiguration. Our unique software enhancement program provides continuous added value in the form of new product features and functional modules.
MediLab’s Enterprise Laboratory Platform encompasses all of the traditional LIS concepts and extends them even further by adding complementary capabilities and technologies. Most importantly, it does so with complete and seamless integration. The result is a single system that meets the diverse needs of the modern laboratory.
MediLab flexible workflow tools automate clinical test order processing through the entire order life cycle.
MediLab’s configurable order management, specimen collection, and accessioning tools address a variety of situations including manual order entry, CPOE via automated interface with HIS or EMR, interface with another LIS, and import of batch order file. Other integrated features include sample collection/phlebotomy, built-in tools to capture ICD10 codes with medical necessity checking, recurring orders, cloning and merging orders, double data entry, question forms, and label printing.
MediLab LIS System offers a number of features for managing Phlebotomy/sample collection activities. The features can be set-up to suit the needs different order processing scenarios such as routine ward collection rounds and the relatively ad-hoc phlebotomy operations at an outpatient clinic.
Flexible presentation and grouping of phlebotomy activities, e.g. by Ward, Phlebotomist, Practitioner etc.
Seamless integration of phlebotomy operations with Order processing. Phlebotomists are provided with comprehensive information about sample types, sample volumes, specimen collection tubes, storage conditions etc. automatically derived from the original test order.
Enforced positive patient and order identification prior to sample collection
Capability to schedule phlebotomy operations according to priority and pre-defined, hospital specific collection plans.
Automatic printing of specimen labels and collection sheets in batch or at the point of collection.
The Patient Manager module provides convenient access to all available laboratory test/result data, encounter details, charges and billing information, attached documents and files, clinical history, and demographic detail including family relationships.
The integrated Charge Manager module accumulates charges to invoices according to pricelists. Invoices can be reviewed, adjusted if necessary, printed, and closed as per the requirements. Other features include volume discounting, managing local tax requirements for pricing and invoicing.
MediLab can be used with any Windows compatible barcode scanner or printing device. Necessary data, available in the data base, can be included on a barcode label in human-readable font.
Sample and tests Management
MediLab provides many different test and sample processes. Tests and samples can be logged via file import (csv, txt, ASCII, XML,etc.) or via interface with an external software application. These all provide the ability to quickly and efficiently data entry for both single and multiple samples in a variety of styles and screens to allow the lab to optimize the tests/sample registration process. Test per sample orders are performed using configurable templates which allow the appropriate data fields to be available for data entry.
MediLab provides extensive capabilities that effectively streamline and reduce transcription errors in result entry. Automated result entry is provided via file (csv, txt, ASCII, etc) import or via bidirectional interfaces to the laboratory instrument. Manual result entry is provided directly from the MediLab applications that lab technicians use on a daily basis. Flexible mechanisms are provided to group samples and tests together so that they can be worked on collectively. Samples and tests can be individually selected and results entered, as well as multi-selected and results entered in a spreadsheet format. For ease of operation, results can be entered using different layouts arranged by sample ID as well as by test. In addition to this, tests can be filtered so that large result entry spreadsheets can be easily worked on test by test to simplify data entry.
MediLab’s QC management tools include Westgard rules and Levey- Jennings plots and standard and reagents management of supplier detail, lot and expiry dates.
Sometimes it is necessary to associate LIS data with information stored in files- perhaps raw data files, graphics images, or document files. MediLab LIS provides links between all database records and external files which can be imported and stored in the LIS database. The presence of a link to an external file is indicated by an icon displayed on screen. The external file can be virtually any format. As a result if the file format is recognized by Microsoft Windows operating system, then the contents of the external link file can be displayed simply by clicking on the icon.
MediLab provides many reporting options. Any data in the MediLab database is available to be included on a report. The used report rendering tool is Business Objects’s Crystal® Report. In addition, MediLab LIS can generate reports directly with Microsoft Excel® and Word® or can generate HTML reports by using an HTML report template.
MediLab’s reporting engine manages, according to the preference, the format/template for preliminary and final reports, reporting units, report delivery time, and mode of delivery.
Portal for External Lab Stakeholders
MediLab supports web portal access to all tests order, status and results for customers and other external lab stakeholders. The Rules Engine enables alerts and emails to be automatically sent to external stakeholder.
MediLab LIS system can track individual user authorization on a test or a specific laboratory analyzer or whole lab section and enforce that only certified users are able to enter or review results. A user must be authorized to run an analysis or to Approve or Release the final results.
Integration to Instruments and mobile devices
MediLab supports integration to instruments, external enterprise software applications, and mobile devices with native tools including ASTM, web services, HL7, XML, CSV and XLS file import capabilities.
The most technically advanced
MediLab LIS has been the most technically advanced Laboratory Information Management System since its introduction to the Greek market, and it continues to hold that position today. Your business will benefit from capabilities such as browser-based deployment, external-facing web portals, and fully configurable web services.
The LIS system is infinitely scalable, and is as suitable for enterprise labs with thousands users. The analyzer integration software is built in, and hundreds of pre-existing analyzer drivers are available.
Powerful, fully integrated configuration tools are provided to adapt the software to end-user requirements without compromising support or future upgrades. To help you gain the most rapid possible ROI, MediLab also offers proven, pre-configured implementation templates. These Template Solutions are designed to suit the requirements and may be used to rapidly implement systems with reduced configuration effort and therefore reduced project costs.
Our implementation process itself encourages knowledge transfer so that you will be in a position to modify and extend the LIS as your needs evolve.
A key attribute of any technically advanced laboratory information system is an avoidance of platform or brand dependencies.
This affords you the benefit of choice and technology fit with respect to hardware, operating systems and databases. MediLab LIS is viable with many relational database including such popular ones as Oracle and SQL Server, and it can be deployed in a range of topologies and with varied user interfaces. Centralized, decentralized or regionalized installations are supported. The LIS user interface can be deployed in a zero footprint browser, as a thin client, as a thick client or in any combination of these – all of which have practical application depending upon your circumstances. Desktop workstations, tablets and smartphones are all supported.
Additionally an extensive library of web-services allows you to author your own API where desirable and purpose-built tools are provided for integration with applications such as SAP or other EMRs to display the patient results.
Replacing your LIS
To conclude, if your existing laboratory software is no longer satisfactory, or the computing platform it requires is no longer supported, then you can rely on MediLab to deliver a proven, modern and comprehensive replacement system for your business. In fact, many companies find that the cost of maintaining or upgrading an existing inferior system actually exceeds the investment needed to replace it with MediLab.
CCS has extensive experience replacing other vendor’s legacy systems and you can count on us to provide a flexible and upgradeable system that delivers compelling results at a reduced cost. Many customers who purchased MediLab products twenty or more years ago are running up-to-date systems that still meet their requirements. – “once a MediLab customer, always a MediLab customer”.