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CGM LABDAQ for COVID-19 Testing

What is a laboratory information system, or LIS?

A laboratory information system, or LIS, is a computer system that interfaces to the medical equipment used in a laboratory for testing. Also known as a laboratory information management system, or LIMS, an LIS also stores patient results and quality control information. This kind of lab software should also be able to interface to other healthcare software, including practice management systems, or PM, and electronic health records, or EHR (also known as electronic medical records, or EMR).

Laboratories served

Laboratory software such as CGM LABDAQ is designed to meet the needs of a variety of laboratories including:

  • POL (Physician Office Lab) - A POL is a laboratory located within a physician office. Such labs may provide hematology, urine, and possibly chemistry testing.
  • Hospital Lab - Laboratories in a hospital setting typically run a full range of tests including hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, and microbiology
  • Reference Lab - A stand-alone laboratory that services surrounding community doctors or hospitals is known as a reference lab. Reference laboratories include well known nationwide laboratory chains. A reference lab typically offers standard clinical testing as well as specialized testing.
  • Pain Management - Laboratories that specialize in pain management test for the usage and therapy of pain management medicine using GC/MS specialized instruments. A pain management test will state if a patient's results are consistent with the drugs he or she is prescribed.
  • Veterinary - Veterinary laboratories perform clinical testing for animals, and CGM LABDAQ can be tailored to fit the needs of a veterinary lab as well.

Lab needs fulfilled

Laboratories face unique challenges that can be met more easily with a good laboratory information system.

For example, labs must be compliant with CLIA (the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) and state regulations. CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) regulates almost all laboratory testing performed on humans in the US through CLIA. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. A good lab management system assists laboratories with CLIA compliance and provides secure, reliable workflows to ensure quality, consistent testing.

To connect with some providers, a reference lab may additionally require a secure, web portal to receive orders and transmit results. The CGM LABNEXUS Laboratory Outreach Solution is designed with this purpose in mind.

Other unique challenges for laboratories include the need for secure integration with EMR, billing software, and reference labs. Lab software such as the CGM LABDAQ Laboratory Information System will help in all of these areas, enabling the secure transfer of health information, improving workflow efficiencies, and maximizing reimbursements.

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