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."