Published Date : Jul 16, 2014
Overview of Laboratory Information Systems
The laboratory information system market [http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/analysis/173402] does not offer a standard product. Each laboratory has a highly diverse nature and requirement. Due to this fact, the laboratory information system provided to clients in the market consists of a system which is configured and customized according to the client requirement. A laboratory information system or LIS is basically a series of computer programs which process, manage, and store data from various stages of processes and tests. The clients for LIS are either industrial laboratories or medical laboratories.
Lab technicians and physicians access the LIS to supervise many types of inpatient and outpatient testing, which include chemistry, immunology, chemistry, and microbiology. A basic LIS would commonly have features that let a patient manage check in, specimen processing, order entry, and result entry. A laboratory information system helps to track and store all the details about the patient from the moment they log into the system. This data stored in a LIS can be used for future reference by patients or doctors. A laboratory information management system in an industrial environment helps to manage data and the workflow automation for product development.
Laboratory System Integration
The conventional work flow in a clinical LIS system is divided into three stages which are pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical. In the pre-analytical phase the tests are requested by the doctor, and the specimen collection is performed by phlebotomists or nurses. During the analytical phase, the specimen is processed by the technicians and results are forwarded by the technicians. In the post-analytical phase these results are reviewed by doctors.
The laboratory system is a fully integrated system. One entry in the system automatically updates all the files related to the function on hand. This is a result of integration of the healthcare enterprise into one framework. Upon archiving the results, the LIS links automatically these archives to the patient’s medical files. The system is also integrated with the order management module, which allows transfer of requests from different specimen order processing. The system is integrated with clinician module which allows viewing notifications of the respective processed tests.
The test results can be sent or received from other hospitals or medical organizations. If there are established networks with the existing LIS, then the results of the tests can be passed real-time to reference laboratories, affiliated hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Also, clinical research and public health organizations get benefited by the multi-directional flow to other organizations which are linked to the laboratory information system.
Global Market Outlook
Improvements around the world in the healthcare services play a crucial role towards the increasing demand for laboratory information system. This increasing demand is helping to grow the laboratory information system market. It is forecasted by market analysts that the laboratory information system market will grow at a CAGR rate of 7.7 percent during the 2013 to 2019 period.
Some of the driving elements involved in the growth of this market are the increasing requirement for integrated healthcare information system, increasing number of investments by healthcare IT companies, and the improving government initiatives. The global demand for an integrated LIS system is rising because, these systems help to provide a systematic tracking and access to patient care data. Access to this data has helped to improve the medical care provided to patients. Some other factors such as improved healthcare services worldwide are also responsible for the emerging market of LIS. However, there are many restraining elements such as lack of experienced technicians, high maintenance of the system, service expenses, etc.
Clinical diagnostics laboratory information system currently holds the largest share of the market based on the application. A market intelligence agency has predicted that this market sector will grow at a CAGR of 8.9 percent during the period of 2013 to 2019.
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