CHCF Announces Quest Diagnostics Support of ELINCS Lab Standard
March 17, 2010
The California HealthCare Foundation announced that Quest Diagnostics, a leading provider of diagnostic testing, information, and services, is supporting the EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS) in its national data exchange hub, making it easier for physicians to electronically access Quest Diagnostics laboratory results. Approved by Health Level 7 (HL7) as an implementation guide for ambulatory lab reporting, ELINCS is an agreed-upon set of rules that allows information to be shared and processed uniformly, thereby providing a common language for transmission of diagnostic test results across technologies.
“Quest Diagnostics’ support of the ELINCS standard aligns with our company’s and our nation’s goals to create efficiencies and improve quality in our health care system,” said Richard A. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions.
By implementing the ELINCS lab standard in its national data exchange hub, Quest Diagnostics has enabled its physician customers in the United States using participating EHR technology to receive ELINCS-formatted electronic lab results. EHRs leveraging the ELINCS standard not only reduce the time and expense required to set up automated reporting mechanisms between physician offices and their Quest Diagnostics laboratory, but also create opportunities for future utilization of additional interoperable health care applications.
According to Glen Moy, senior program officer of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), “Physicians in the United States are beginning to recognize that using an interoperable EHR is an important step toward improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery. The ELINCS standard helps physicians make this important transition successfully by allowing them to access their laboratory results more quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.”
CHCF sponsored the establishment of the ELINCS standard and developed, tested, and enhanced it with input and feedback from health care providers, EHR vendors, commercial laboratories, and government agencies.
J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D., director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, sees the benefits of using EHRs to deliver improved patient care as far-reaching. “Electronic laboratory results are critical to providers becoming meaningful users of EHRs. Quest Diagnostics’ adoption of ELINCS is an important step in efficiently and effectively achieving the required interoperability.”
About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information, and services that patients and doctors need to make better health care decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative new diagnostic tests and advanced health care information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at www.QuestDiagnostics.com.
The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.