The healthcare system is only as good as the sum of its parts, and today crucial departments such as anatomic pathology are rapidly becoming the weakest link in the chain because global systems fail to address the full complexities of their workflow.
Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) October 24, 2014
U.S. healthcare reform coupled with the rapidly expanding capabilities of information technology have compelled healthcare organizations to implement new systems across the whole spectrum of care to meet the new regulations, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.
Enterprise-wide systems incorporating specialty areas such anatomic pathology are being considered for adoption on the premise that these systems will reduce overall costs and with the expectations that they will help in streamlining the patient information flow across the spectrum of care. However, a closer look raises serious questions regarding costs and efficiency. For instance, are enterprise systems trading off the needs of critical departments to simplify global healthcare IT information flow? Does this approach hamper or jeopardize the workflow of specific disciplines vital to the continuum of care? What are the service impacts, both operational and financial, to maintaining these systems?
The success of medical specialists such as anatomic pathology (AP) depends on having the right tools to deliver the best patient care possible. Compromising these tools in order to fit into a larger enterprise system has immediate and long term costs that the pathologists and their staff will have to bear.
“The healthcare system is only as good as the sum of its parts,” says Rick Callahan, VP of Sales and Marketing at NovoPath. “And today crucial departments such as anatomic pathology are rapidly becoming the weakest link in the chain because global systems fail to address the full complexities of their workflow.”
A newly released White Paper “Augmenting an Enterprise-Wide HIT System with a Best-of Breed Anatomic Pathology LIS”, edited by Callahan and published by The Dark Report, focuses on a solution to this challenge and specifically addresses:
- Differences between enterprise-wide EHR systems and general lab information systems, and anatomic pathology-specific systems
- Challenges involved in selecting either or both an enterprise-wide health information system and a purpose-specific laboratory information system
- Evaluating the pathology LIS as a cornerstone of an AP lab’s growth strategy, and using gap analysis to determine the best approach for the health system and laboratory
- Hidden traps associated with enterprise-wide and limited-function pathology LIS products
- Pros and cons of utilizing a cloud-based APLIS versus a locally installed APLIS, with the option of a hybrid system
- Essential elements of a best-of-breed anatomic pathology LIS, plus EHR vendors who recognize the importance of such a system and why
- Case studies: How four anatomic pathology laboratories have successfully utilized a best-of-breed anatomic pathology-specific laboratory system
About NovoPath, Inc.
NovoPath, Inc. develops and markets software solutions for the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory market segment that includes local, regional, national, and in-house laboratories as well as community and university teaching hospitals and medical centers. Since the release of its flagship product in 1999, NovoPath, Inc. has focused exclusively on Anatomic Pathology. NovoPath's mission is to provide unique and unparalleled solutions and services to all aspects of the Anatomic Pathology sector in a way that improves workflow, reduces the probability of human error, ensures results accuracy for greater patient safety, protects patient confidentiality, and above all, produces more precise and informative diagnostic outcomes. More information is available at http://www.NovoPath.com.