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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic today announced that it has completed a multiyear implementation of a new laboratory information system for the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Mayo Medical Laboratories. The new system, which connects Mayo laboratories in Arizona, Minnesota and New England, was developed in collaboration with SCC Soft Computer of Clearwater, Fla.
Mayo Medical Laboratories, Mayo Clinic's reference laboratory, now has the most advanced laboratory information system in the market. The single system allows Mayo to manage testing in multiple locations, provides real-time location of a specimen, and enables continuous improvement in turnaround times and processes. The new laboratory information system helps Mayo Medical Laboratories to offer its clients broader ordering and resulting configurations (e.g., partial results, flagging, and richer test result details). Additionally, the system has helped Mayo Medical Laboratories process client specimens more efficiently to further improve turnaround times.
"We are excited to take yet another forward step in the pathway of clinical excellence," says Franklin R. Cockerill, M.D., chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and president and CEO of Mayo Medical Laboratories. "Mayo is delivering on its commitment to provide the highest-quality, patient-focused laboratory medicine and pathology in the world. Our hospital and medical center lab clients, as well as patients worldwide, will benefit directly from the successful replacement of our entire laboratory information system." The SCC Soft Computer laboratory information system now manages all inpatient and outpatient collections in Minnesota and Arizona as well as the majority of laboratory testing in Arizona, Minnesota and Mayo Medical Laboratories New England.
"SCC is proud to lead the modernization of the laboratory information systems at Mayo Clinic," says Gilbert Hakim, chief executive officer of SCC Soft Computer. "By putting forth continuous effort to stay ahead of trends in the health care field, SCC focuses not only on the improvement of existing software suites, but the development of new and advanced products as well. This works perfectly with an innovative partner like Mayo."
The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic maintains an active diagnostic test development program. This program incorporates Mayo Clinic discoveries and expertise with discoveries from other diagnostic and biotechnology companies and leading academic and research organizations. Mayo uses these proven diagnostic technologies to care for its own patients and offers them to more than 5,000 health care institutions around the world through Mayo Medical Laboratories. Revenue from testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic.
SCC is at the forefront of laboratory, genetics, blood services, outreach, pharmacy and radiology information systems software development and offers full suites of Web-enabled clinical information management system solutions. Since 1979, SCC Soft Computer has provided powerful, clinical information system solutions to hospitals, large integrated delivery networks and laboratories.
Considered the largest LIS (laboratory information system) software production house in the world — with a workforce of nearly 1,600 professionals dedicated to LIS development — SCC has experience in accomplishing complex LIS implementations in large, multisite environments. SCC's flagship product, SoftLab, has been recognized as the market standard for its robust functionality and ease of instrument interfacing, including robotics.
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