Optimise workflows within the laboratory and support the sharing of information across your network.
Accuracy and speed are essential components of a laboratory service. The Cerner laboratory solutions can automate clinical, financial, and managerial processes in the clinical laboratory. Our PathNet® application set is designed to automate the workflow to provide an efficient and quality service. Use of real-time dashboards assist with demand management, monitoring workflow and reducing turnaround times, which in turn contribute to reducing costs and improving the quality of patient care. Supporting point of care testing improves the service experience for users and patients.
PathNet operates within Cerner Millennium®, so information is seamlessly linked to the patient’s EHR. Using electronic requesting and resulting across the healthcare system ensures that diagnostic information is available to all relevant professionals when and where they need it, whilst maintaining a full audit trail of those specimens and results. Our solution receives regular upgrades and fulfils the needs of pathology departments; providing decision support, increasing compliance to standards and reducing transcription errors. Lab results can be viewed alongside treatment plans, improving patient prognosis and reducing risk for staff and patients.
Our solutions are designed to help you manage your laboratory logistical operations, including specimen collection services, client supply distributions and phlebotomy scheduling. Automation and optimisation of courier routes allows you to keep track of specimens that have been dispatched and prevent oversupply, presenting you with the opportunity to have the most efficient lab operation possible.
The Irish HSE signed a contract in September 2015 with Cerner for the introduction of an integrated nationwide hospital laboratory information system over the next four years.
“If we need to find a specimen, we can just look in the computer essentially and [use AB&T to] see the last place that label was scanned. You can also track volumes and productivity easily and identify any opportunities for improving the workflow.”
— Dani Sensenig, supervisor of pathology, Legacy Laboratory Services
When it comes to anatomical pathology, there’s nothing worse than losing a patient’s specimen. The specimens are often times irretrievable, and if one is mislabeled or misplaced the patient’s diagnoses could be delayed or completely wrong.
“Some of these specimens are just small pieces of tissues in a jar, so you cannot distinguish one from the other,” said Dr. Juan Millan, Clinical Vice President of Diagnostics, Legacy Health. “Nobody wants to have somebody else’s tissue mixed up with theirs, especially if it is a serious disease or tumor.”
Dr. Millan and his team implemented two Cerner tracking solutions and are now able to monitor a specimen from the time it’s collected to the time it’s archived. The new technology has increased efficiency and reduced errors. In just the first year after implementation, label errors dropped 85 percent.
Cerner remains focused on optimising the workflow of the modern laboratory. We strive to provide opportunities for minimising manual interaction for lab scientists through capabilities such as auto-verification and automatic no-growth reporting.
Cerner offers a suite of solutions targeted toward the key segments of the complex laboratory: blood sciences, microbiology, cellular pathology, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory logistical services. Cerner also offers a reference lab network partner programme that allows you to collaborate with Cerner and other reference labs to support the sharing of information across your own lab network.
No. Although many of Cerner’s laboratory solutions are built on the Millennium platform, Cerner’s laboratory solutions are EHR agnostic. You can use them in your standalone lab or health system lab, with or without EHR interfacing.
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