Siemens Healthcare NOVIUS Lab Named “Best in KLAS” for Third Consecutive Year

Siemens laboratory information system topped the chart for user experience and posted an impressive 95% “buy-again” response among survey participants.

Malvern, Pa., Jan. 31, 2011– Today, Siemens Healthcare announced that the research firm KLAS has named Siemens NOVIUS® Lab the recipient of its 2010 “Best in KLAS” award for laboratory information systems (LIS) for large hospitals (more than 200 beds)1. The annual award, the third for NOVIUS Lab in as many years, is given to a vendor or product that scores the highest in its industry segment and provides the broadest operational and clinical impact to healthcare organizations.

The KLAS rankings are based on a series of surveys conducted with hospital and clinic executives, administrators, physicians, nurses, and other directors and managers with business responsibilities. Respondents are asked about their experiences with their vendors and products. NOVIUS Lab received the highest ranking (83.11) of the top seven laboratory systems evaluated for the report. Of NOVIUS Lab users surveyed by KLAS, 95% said they would buy the solution again, an improvement of 3 percentage points compared with the results of the user survey in the 2009 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards.

Healthcare providers are increasingly evaluating their overall information technology (IT) chain prior to registering for, and attesting to, Meaningful Use of their health IT systems, and NOVIUS Lab provides a structured solution for the manner in which lab results interface with the electronic health record (EHR) and other clinical systems. For example, one of the requirements to meet Stage 1 of Meaningful Use is that more than 40% of lab results from inpatient or emergency department visits are incorporated in the EHR as structured data. The recently launched version of NOVIUS Lab (v27) has built-in support for the new HL7® standard (2.5.1) for outbound result transactions. This functionality includes the ability to send LOINC® Codes (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and/or local test codes, as well as other information like the performing lab’s address, the name of the medical director, and CLIA numbers in a structured format.

”As we see the real-world implications of Meaningful Use of health IT alter the healthcare landscape, there is an increased emphasis on the accessibility of lab information and the resulting cost efficiency, which are two of the key benefits of the NOVIUS Lab solution,” said John Glaser, Chief Executive Officer, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare. “Information from the lab is becoming an essential component of the comprehensive electronic health record envisioned by health reform initiatives, and we are confident that Siemens customers using NOVIUS Lab are positioned to deliver truly exceptional patient care.”

Compared with older versions, NOVIUS Lab v27 confers greater ability for users to pre-determine many aspects of the workflow, helping labs reduce cost, while improving lab test turnaround time and enhancing efficiencies. For instance, users can now modify the auto-release function for calculated tests that are components of a requested group. In these cases, the calculation will be performed and the result will be automatically released, or it can be completed with the other components of the group test. Users also have the option to set rules that govern when reflex new orders should use the existing specimen or to indicate that a new specimen should be collected. The rules are invoked when results are released and they follow any label destination rules that the user has applied. For example, users can define a rule to reflex a microbiology urine culture based on the results of a urinalysis. The existing reflex testing rules will remain in place.

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