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Reference Lab Manager

Apex designed its Reference Lab Manager to provide hospitals and reference labs the workflow management features associated with high-end laboratory information systems at a fraction of their cost.
Orders

The Apex Reference Lab Manager can accept lab orders from multiple application order forms, a dedicated web portal or as HL7 messages sent by a client.

Client can choose to have barcoded paper requisitions printed at their office if they wish.

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Specimen Management

When specimens are provided by the client the Reference Lab Manager will automatically print barcoded specimen labels at client location. Specimen labels are automatically created regardless of which order origination method the client chooses.

Specimens created locally or received from client are logged into specimen storage by using a barcode scanner to scan the specimen and the storage location barcodes. When the test is ready to be performed, the Lab Request Status screen identifies the location of the specimen. The specimen is removed from storage by using a barcode scanner to scan specimen and location barcodes.

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Lab Device Operations

The application provides a variety of forms and reports used to manage and schedule testing. Multiple low-volume test devices may be connected to a single Apex LIS workstation (to a maximum of eight). For high performance lab devices you may dedicate an Apex LIS workstation to a single device.

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Results Management

The Apex Reference Lab Manager provides a variety of results reporting options:

  • HL7 results message
  • Customized results report which can be: printed, faxed or emailed
  • Web Portal access
  • Delivery to smartphone
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Specimen Send-out Kits

For labs that mail out specimen collection kits the application provides automated tools for tracking and reporting on collection kit status. Mailing labels can be produced for use when mailing specimen kits.

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Data Mining

All lab results are also saved as data to facilitate analysis and comparison. The Apex Data Mining subsystem allows you to easily assess trends at either the patient or group level.

At the patient level the Data Mining subsystem is able to produce comparative results reports as well as graphs of analyte observation values.

At the group level the user is able to enter a search criteria against the entire patient population and retrieve all matching results sets. Search filters may include: sex, age and date range for observations.

Analyte filtering provides a complete set of Boolean filtering operators including: <, >, =, outside and inside ranges.

The matching data may then be exported to an Excel spreadsheet.

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QC Management

Lab devices performing diagnostic testing are required to comply with quality control (QC) rules that specify periodic testing of the device to ensure that it is accurately measuring and reporting test observation results.

The Apex LIS application has an extensive set of automated tools to assist in performing, assessing and reporting on required QC testing.

Apex LIS applications are delivered with required QC testing for each device to be connected already loaded into the LIS database. The applications provide lab management tools for adding Westgard Rules processing, production of required QC reports (including Levey-Jennings). The Apex LIS automatically identifies QC results as control results and stores in the QC database subsystem for later evaluation and reporting.

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The Quality Control (QC) Data Entry function provides an easy-to-use form for entering and maintaining QC Test results. Normally QC results are automatically processed by the Application( and this form is used to set final status (e.g. Pass or Fail) for the QC. You may, however, directly enter QC results from this form. The action buttons on the form allow you to add, change

or delete entries. Change and Delete require Supervisor login. The Quality Control Data Entry form has two parts. The top part is used to display detailed Quality Control information. The bottom part of the form contains a grid that is used to display Quality Control rows. When you click on a row the record information will be displayed in the fields at the top of the form.

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Web Portal

The Apex Web Portal provides users of the Apex LIS with the ability to support the remote entry of lab orders and the ability to retrieve lab results.

The Web Portal is hosted on an Apex secure server to ensure HIPAA compliance and relieve the user of the need to host and manage the application. The Web Portal communicates with the user's Apex LIS database thru HL7 messages. Users with existing websites will provide a link from one of their website pages to the Web Portal. The Web Portal is configurable to assume the "look and feel” of the user's existing website. The entry point to both versions of the Web Portal is the Login Page. To gain access to the Web Portal functions required a valid User ID and password.

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Supplies Manager

The Reference Lab LIS application includes the Apex Supplies Manager to assist in managing supplies.

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Report Templates

The Report Templates system provides an easy-to-use process for quickly preparing interpretative reports on patient diagnostic test results. Results Report Templates are easily prepared using Microsoft Word and then patient test results are automatically integrated into the template for final editing.

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