Computer Systems - AP / LIS
How To Choose an Anatomic Pathology / Cytology / Molecular Laboratory Information System (LIS)
Author: Michael Mihalik (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 2 June 2014, last major update May 2014
Copyright: (c) 2014, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.
- You have a lot of choices and material to help you choose an APLIS:
How to Start
- Before plunging into the details of an RFP or compiling a list of specific questions, consider your overall objectives - what specifically do you want to get out of your APLIS?
- An APLIS is a major expenditure of time, money, and effort
- It is a decision that you will likely live with for > 10 years
- It is a decision that you will interact with on each and every case, multiple times an hour, a day, a month, a year
- A bad decision may drive you crazy on a daily basis, or bankrupt your organization
- Recommended to start at a global level and determine the important details for your use:
- Reporting system
- Tracking system
- Dashboard system
- Metrics system
- Interface engine
- After determining these global details, use the API toolkit to define what these concepts mean to your organization
- Consider not only current problematic workflow areas, but workflow aspects that work well, which you do not want damaged by the APLIS
- Review the literature, paying attention to workflow aspects relevant to your own organization
- Disregard issues not important to you, even if important to other organizations
Example: interface engines are overkill if you are only sending results to 2 outside providers
Evaluation of vendors
- Consider not only IF a vendor provides a sought after functionality, but HOW the vendor provides it
- A product that takes 20 steps versus 10 steps to accession the same case may lead to lost productivity, considering the thousands of cases handled each year
- Consider not only software functionality, but your future relationship with the vendor of this software, which will be important regarding:
- How do you get the software fixed?
- How do you get the software updated?
- How do you get the software adapted to your environment
- Software changes may not be important if APLIS role is only to meet regulatory compliance
- Software changes are important if APLIS intended to be critical component of daily operations, to give you an advantage over competitors
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