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ELINCS receives upgrade.

The EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS), which is based on HL-7 and which standardizes the coding and formatting of electronic data for transmission between clinical labs and electronic health records (EHRs), has been refined and upgraded based on vendor/tester findings. ELINCS was tested in several clinical settings, including e-MDs, Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of American and Cedars-Sinai Medical Foundation, and is part of the 2007 certification criteria being proposed by CCHIT (Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.)

If successfully implemented, ELINCS version 1.1 will enable providers to receive lab results sooner than by traditional methods. The data also will be consistent and searchable in the EHR. Sophia Chang, M.D., director of the Chronic Disease Care Program at the Calif. HealthCare Foundation says a single, defined lab standard is "fundamental to realizing the benefits of the electronic transmission of patient data."
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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