LRS Health launches anatomical pathology module

Victorian-based laboratory information management specialist LRS Health is shortly to launch a new version of its MediPATH AP system for anatomical pathology.

MediPATH AP can be added to LRS Health's core MediPATH platform or installed as a stand-alone system to run an anatomical laboratory.

MediPATH has been installed at Monash Medical Centre for almost a year after it was selected by Southern Health to be rolled out throughout its hospitals in 2010.

Designed and built in Australia, one of the product's points of difference is that it has an Australian-specific billing system, MediBILL, embedded into it, LRS Health's product manager Yvonne Sherlock said.

MediBILL automates claims and receipts to and from e-enabled healthcare funds and is also a Medicare-accredited invoice and debt management suite that simplifies hospital billing by consolidating all charges relating to a visit into a single invoice.

It has also been accredited by Medicare Australia to process medical claims through ECLIPSE, the electronic claim lodgement and information processing service environment.

MediBILL is also being used a stand-alone billing system throughout Barwon Health in Victoria and at The Alfred Hospital.

Ms Sherlock said the new AP module includes the latest technology such as touchscreens and 2D barcodes.

β€œThe emphasis is to keep it safe – patient safety errors are catastrophic in this area – and our catchcry is 'workflow made safer',” Ms Sherlock said.

Features include improved image management, with the ability to easily capture and incorporate images into reports.

There are a range of options for generating and delivering patient reports, including by autofaxing, electronic reports in either HL7 or PIT format and a remote web-based results service as standard. Printing can be configured to print on specified printers anywhere on a network.

Special stains and immunohistochemistry can be ordered via hotkey access during case review, with orders transmitted immediately to interfaced instruments. These orders then appear immediately on worklists for laboratory staff to action.

MediPATH AP also includes speech recognition and audio recording, which is also available from within G-Edit, the inbuilt text editor.

Patient results can be accessed securely through the internet, with results delivered in either an HL7 or PIT format via LRS Health's AllTALK secure, automated messaging service.

There is also an embedded SNOMED CT database to allow for accurate coding of anatomical pathology cases.

MediPATH AP is also able to support the importation of legacy data, with imported reports able to be accessed during case review.

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