Union Hospital picks high-tech laboratory info system

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NovoPath, Inc., announced that Union Hospital, Elkton, has selected its NovoPath laboratory information system (LIS) for the management of anatomic pathology (AP) lab workflow as well as communications with both in-house referring physicians and the outreach market.

The solution was selected, in part, for its unique capabilities to cater to the needs of both categories of referring physicians as well as its broad range of advanced features, according to a release.

Union Hospital’s AP lab is a resource in the community. Its  technologies enable staff to perform hundreds of thousands of tests each year. The lab is staffed by board-certified pathologists and registered technologists, the release noted.

According to Medical Director of the Union Hospital Laboratories, Rich Szumel, M.D., “The decision to select NovoPath was based on a thorough 18-month review of a range of competing lab solutions. The team viewed numerous in-house demonstrations and investigated customer references carefully.”

“NovoPath was the most robust and flexible solution available. We look forward to capitalizing on its full range of advanced features,” continues Dr. Szumel. “We felt it was the best choice to help position us to meet today’s challenges and to support our future growth plans.”

Key to the decision to select NovoPath was its ability to cater to the hospital’s requirements as well as those of the physicians in the outreach market. Moreover, it will automatically push reports to mobile devices such as iPhones, Android phones and iPads. By contrast, other systems offering such mobile communications typically require that recipients log on to a server and pull data to their location, the release stated.

“We also felt the solution offered an extra layer of patient safety by automatically bar-coding histology specimens every step of the way to help eliminate any chance of human error,” he says. “We are striving to become a green, paperless lab and NovoPath supports this with a wide range of electronic reporting options, including direct entry of patient results into an electronic medical record. Paperless communications also help support HIPAA-compliance and patient privacy.”

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