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The Essential Role of Laboratory Professionals: Ensuring the Safety and Effectiveness of Laboratory Data in Electronic Health Record Systems

This CDC report illustrates the seriousness of laboratory data-related interoperability issues and discrepancies in the way EHR systems display data. The report includes:

Three compelling patient stories describing issues and opportunities with EHRs

  1. Delayed diagnosis and treatment for a woman’s abnormal Pap smear
  2. Delayed testing for a man’s PT/INR and anticoagulant therapy adjustment
  3. Innovation needed for earlier detection of septicemia in a child

Three focus areas for action

  1. Engagement of health professionals
  2. Data integrity and usability
  3. Innovation in health IT

Lab Technicians