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Pathology Innovation for PLS and MediPATH

June 2014

A recent project with the Pathology team at Kestral has delivered a unique first. Following an involved collaboration between several Pathology staff, interoperability between the PLS and MediPATH systems at two separate hospitals was achieved.

A working demonstration was presented at one of the hospitals and Kestral staff confirmed that a request registered in PLS at one hospital could appear as a semi-complete, new registration in MediPATH at another. In this instance, all users need to do is scan the barcode on the specimen, scan in the hospital’s barcoded request number and add the receipt date and time. Upon authorisation/validation of the final result, the information is updated in PLS awaiting final authorisation before being seen by clinicians.

Kestral Manager of Operations, Stephen Bettoli tells us,

“I haven’t heard of this being done anywhere else in Australia – especially between two completely different LIS systems. I feel confident that we will be able to deliver great benefits to all our clients as a result of the work we are doing for this project. “

Work continues on the project, with Kestral looking to achieve this beneficial interoperability in both directions – from a registered request in MediPATH back to a new registration in PLS.

Kestral would like to congratulate the staff involved, in particular the principal contributors Kerrie, Glen, Michael, John and Andrew. Their efforts, supported by all Pathology team members will help provide invaluable features to our Pathology users around the country.

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