The Challenges and Advantages of LIS in the 21st Century

With so many recent changes in federal and state legislation, laboratory information systems (LIS) are in the midst of a quickly developing industry. With change comes a great deal of challenges, but also promises of a better future. The recent changes are motivating laboratories to find a way to make their workflow and business methods more efficient, whether this is through automation, digitalization or being more cost-effective. The main goal is for laboratories to install a LIS that will interface with electronic health records and client medical records.

For many labs, the LIS are much older, making the languages and capabilities of the legacy systems inadequate to deal with today’s technology and changing environment. Laboratory leaders need to know the information and resources they need to develop a new system and research to replace the old LIS. While the older LIS system is still being used, todays clinical laboratories need a LIS that meets not only national standards but international standards, as well.

These systems should be customizable, flexible and scalable, among many other things. It is becoming more and more important that these systems be able to work and interact with existing electronic health records (EHR) and be easily modifiable. While the change in the LIS offers many benefits and advantages, replacing a legacy LIS can be very challenging. You must take into account all interfaces such as laboratory and institutional interfaces, and also national and international standards.

The Colaborate team can help. For more information on the challenges and benefits of having a LIS in the 21st century, contact us today. Why us? We are focused on providing medical laboratory consultancy to help deliver obtainable and sustainable improvement.

By Kevin Hunter