WISHIN Facilitates Delivery of Lab Results
Did you know that WISHIN Pulse can deliver lab results directly into your EHR?
For the past year WISHIN has been delivering more than 560 lab results per week to Mineral Point Medical Center in southwestern Wisconsin. The lab results are sent to WISHIN Pulse by the hospital laboratories at Upland Hills Health (Dodgeville) and St. Mary's (Madison) and are incorporated directly into Mineral Point Medical Center's electronic health record (EHR) by Emdeon™.
Results delivery- including results for laboratory, pathology, and radiology tests- is a core HIE service and is something any lab, hospital, or provider participating in WISHIN Pulse can take advantage of.
Results delivery is especially valuable to:
- Clinics, nursing homes, or other providers that do not share an EHR or Laboratory Information System (LIS) with the lab that performs the tests.
- Clinics, nursing homes, or other providers that may send their labs to a local hospital to be performed.
- Hospitals or clinics that send lab orders to the external reference labs like Dynacare or Quest and need an electronic way to bring those labs back into their EHR.
- Hospitals that perform labs for local providers that need a secure, automated way to deliver those results back to the provider.
It isn't necessary to incorporate the lab results into the recipient organization's EHR; if desired, the lab results can be delivered to an inbox in WISHIN Pulse where a physician can access and/or print them. This might be a preferred mechanism for providers with less sophisticated practice systems.
As of July 31, 2015, more than 20 million lab results had been shared real-time to WISHIN Pulse from hospital and clinic laboratories around the state. These results are available for viewing by WISHIN Pulse participants who are treating a patient but they can also be delivered directly to a provider's EHR. If you're still sending or receiving lab results via fax or courier, WISHIN can save you time and money by automating the delivery of those results electronically.