Healthcare

General Functionality

General Functionality

An LIS is designed to meet the function and feature demands of the clinical laboratory, but moreover, it must contain general functionality meeting standards of professional software applications in any industry. Physician office laboratories expect these same system-level design functions and features in a POL LIS, but without excess features and functions that add unnecessary complexity. Similarly, since POL users tend to be medical technologists or medical assistants rather than chemists or other full-time laboratory analysts, the functionality should not be time-consuming or overly difficult, so that it offers time and cost savings rather than impediments to those ROIs. At the same time, as mentioned in the Configurability, Customizability, Scalability section above, it should be capable of expansion if/when the POL extends services into additional areas of analysis, adding instruments, etc.

[Template fetch failed for https://www.limspec.com/index.php/Template:Specification_483524_System_manuals?action=render: HTTP 500]Support resources are often less than adequate for many software products, so that no matter how good they are, it can be difficult to make them perform the way you need them to. LabLynx support resources, conversely, are comprehensive and of a high standard. LabLynx, Inc. believes in equipping our customers with all of the tools required to make them as successful as possible – and even more so, not less so, when the app is affordably priced, and designed for simple implementation and ease of use. And you get full access to the LabLynx Help Desk too!

Most of the support resources below are free and included with your LabLynx account. You always get free unlimited community forum support, manuals, tutorials and unlimited users. And there are always additional products and services you can add to your solution (e.g. integrations, customizations, etc.).

Default Support Resources

Default Support Services

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Every LabLynx customer gets default support resources. And all accounts get access to sciCloud.net® (see Community Resources) where you can submit any questions, issues etc., view FAQs and discuss topics with other users.

Manual and Tutorials

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LabLynx, Inc. has always been a believer in the power of video to help users learn how to operate an app. Accordingly, we continue to provide a host of tutorials, available 24/7 at the click of a button, so you never have to worry about figuring out how any of your LabLynx solution functions work. When coupled with the LabLynx LIMS/LIS manual with simple, step-by-step directions on overall use as well as each individual function – complete with the links to the videos – these tutorials work together with the Help Desk and other resources to give you the very best support experience possible.

These tutorials cover a range of individual functions and features used in everyday lab operations, including things like registration and accessioning, batching samples, data entry, reports preview, approval and issuing, inventory management, etc. – as well as setup/administrative procedures like user management, test setup, audit trail, picklist management and more.

The LabLynx LIMS/LIS manual contains all you need to set up, use and refer back to for successful lab information management, and included online, always-available video tutorials enhance this valuable comprehensive resource.

Courses

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LabLynx provides a number of courses on various topics, with more joining the list every day. These include both general lab, scientific or health informatics-related topics, and certifications on LabLynx applications that can be used by consultants or just by our customers to increase proficiency.

Each course includes individual lessons and quizzes, and all are available 24/7 online. They are accompanied by text books (also online, but downloadable), as well as online videos for comprehensive, effective, time-efficient learning. Since most of us are busy making a living as we increase our qualifications, our convenient online format makes it as practical as possible to achieve progress in our chosen areas.

Online courses are augmented by periodic live webinars, often with guest subject matter experts. They are recorded, and posted online so any webinar topics you are interested in but were unable to attend may be viewed.

The LabLynx Learning Center courses provide a great way for you to advance in your knowledge of topics like HIPAA, CLIA, HITECH, PHI Management etc., 21 CFR part 11, ISO 17025, etc. plus lab and informatics processes and items of interest – all of which help you advance in your career and become more effective in your job performance. And vital industry regulatory compliance requirements can be satisfied without having to spend money and time on traditional training sessions.

Support Forum

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Another free support resource that comes with every LabLynx account is a dedicated support forum for your product. Users can find tips and guidance on all topics to do with their professional LabLynx solution, and share their own experiences, make suggestions etc.

What better way to become completely comfortable and familiar with your world-class system than to hang around the forum, search any topic or thread, carry on discussions with users in other labs and generally immerse yourself in the LabLynx community…

Your LabLynx Solution is so robust, simple to use and reliable that you’ll probably never need any other support other than the Manual and Tutorials and Forum. But you also get full access to the Help Desk where you can participate in managing your implementation as well as add extra Plugins like interfaces, training tracking, invoicing or any of the other many extended features and functions.

Library/Knowledge Base

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Powered by LIMSbook.com,[1] the publishing division of the Laboratory Informatics Institute, The LabLynx Press provides a vast range of books on topics of interest to the laboratory, scientific and healthcare industry, with special attention to informatics-related themes. This Body of Knowledge (BOK) or Knowledge Base is accessible through the Learning Center at http://limsforum.com.

Some examples of books available in the LabLynx Library[2] include:

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Books can be read online by clicking links, downloaded as a .pdf and saved/printed out, ordered in book form through PediaPress or downloaded for Kindle or other e-readers.

LabLynx, Inc. and SciCloud.net® are dedicated to advocacy and advancement of the industry, by providing resources for the individuals within that industry. The LabLynx Library is one more free benefit for the laboratory, scientific and healthcare community generally, and especially our valued customers.

Services

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LabLynx, Inc. offers a complete range of services for our customers and in support of all of our products. These take the form of three general service types:

  • Free Support – As described earlier, for all LabLynx accounts.

Additional Support Resources

Professional Services

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In addition to the default support services included with every account, LabLynx, Inc. offers a complete selection of professional services, from training and implementation to custom development. By default, setup and training and full access to the Help Desk is included in every solution. Professional services include:

  • Setup & TrainingLabLynx provides these services as part of all implementations.
  • Customization – Let us know about any special features or functions you’d like, either during scope planning (see the Requirements Checklist) or by submitting a request ticket to the Help Desk any time. Custom Plugins can be purchased to order.
  • Integration – Connect anything to anything with LabLynx’s integration services. Whether it’s through our exclusive LabVia integration or simply file transfers, LabLynx will link your HealthCloud Physician Office LIS with your EHR, or other systems, instruments/devices, agencies, billing services or any other entity to help you manage your data smoothly and accurately throughout your facilities.
  • Validation – Compliance with applicable standards is a huge part of successful lab management, and LabLynx, Inc.‘s HealthCloudPOL supports them all. If you need help in validating to a particular regulation or standard, whether CLIA, CAP, CLSI, 21 CFGR part 11, ISO, 43 CFR, GALP/GAMP or some other, LabLynx is here for you. Just include it in your original scope (see the Requirements Checklist) or submit a request ticket any time. In fact, the Validation Plugin module runs an automatic script and generates a report that will satisfy many regulatory compliance requirements for validation.
  • Go Live Assistance – It’s always handy to have some professional backup as you begin using the system for the first time. No matter how careful you are in setting up and training, it always seems something unforeseen chooses that moment to surface! Keep your system launch stress-free by purchasing Go Live Assistance services from the professionals at LabLynx, Inc..

Help Desk

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The LabLynx, Inc. Help Desk is the central feature of premium support services for all of our customers and partners. All customers who subscribe to our products, plugins/services and/or support agreements are provided with a login. The Help Desk offers the following features. You can:

  • Securely Log In to Your Own Project and Tickets
  • Submit Tickets
  • Monitor Progress
  • Interact/Communicate with Support Staff
  • Approve and Close Tickets
  • Request Additional Services or Products
  • Access Documents and Files

The Help Desk really is your go-to resource for any questions, issues or requests you have. Support personnel are alerted immediately when a new ticket is submitted or any updates are made to existing ones, so your response is immediate. It is online and thus available 24/7/365. All ticket submissions generate automatic alerts to support personnel and are responded to immediately. This means they are prioritized and assigned. If a ticket is critical, we’ll probably know it before you do. All of our hosted sites are monitored constantly, with text alerts to key personnel – including Company President John Jones – instantly should any go down. Any other critical issues submitted by you are also dealt with immediately, no matter when they come in. Your system is 100% warranted, and any warranty issues are resolved free of charge. Any requests for additional features or services are easily submitted through the Help Desk. Our highly trained and experienced staff are happy to do whatever it takes to make sure your LabLynx customer experience is a pleasant and successful one. The support team are headed by the same LabLynx, Inc. personnel who created the training materials and resources and who implement LIMS, LIS and other LabLynx products, integrations and customizations. And if you’re having difficulty accessing the Help Desk, you can always just email us or give us a call and we will make sure you are taken care of as quickly and effectively as possible. We’re real people, and we really are here to help!

All Help Desk personnel are LabLynx, Inc. employees, based in the United States and trained to support your products to whatever level is necessary, from simple reminders of how to perform some procedure in the LIMS/LIS, to instrument or EHR or other app/database integration, to completely new custom functionality involving development work. Additionally, use the LIMSforum Community to search for answers to any questions or issues you may have, or to post new ones.

Staffing Services

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One of LabLynx, Inc.‘s many services offered to the laboratory, scientific and healthcare community is recruiting of the right professionals to fill any staffing needs you have. In addition to use of the Job Board to post openings, you can make use of our many years of qualifications and experience in this industry to find the right people for you. Most staffing agencies or recruiters are too generalized to do a good job of selecting appropriate candidates for a given vacancy, relying on inaccurate and easily-fooled keyword searches. It’s easy to see how much sense it makes to use a company who lives and breathes your business daily, indeed, founded the very authority that sets many standards for the industry and provides information and resources, the Laboratory Informatics Institute, to find just the perfect fit for your unique needs.

LabLynx staffing services pricing is simple and transparent. There is no cost at all if we don’t place anyone with you. If you do hire a candidate we recruited, the fee is a one-time 20% of the projected first year’s salary.

Contact us at any time through the Help Desk, or give us a call or email, and one of our highly-skilled professional recruiters will be assigned to make sure you find the perfect person to meet your needs.

References

  1. “LIMSbook.com”. http://limsbook.com. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. “LIMSbook Library”. http://www.limsbook.com/books-journals. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 

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LabLynx, Inc. absolutely recognizes the importance and usefulness of an interactive live demo of an LIS. It is probably the single best vehicle for clear communication of features and functions, with those in the lab who will be actually using the system able to present their questions and concerns and see immediate explanations and demonstrations of how they are met.

That being said, both the HealthCloudPOL Basic and Standard editions are supported by comprehensive support materials including an online manual with all setup/configuration, maintenance and usage information augmented with step-by-step instructions for each function, complete with screenshots and video demonstrations. This all combines to make it a low/no risk proposition. But even so, LabLynx offers live, interactive online demo sessions to anyone who requests them, to help you answer any questions you may have and become familiar with the HealthCloud Physician Office LIS. Just contact us through the LabLynx website at http://lablynx.com or through the HealthCloudPOL website at http://healthcloudpol.com.

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Your HealthCloudPOL free account includes an unlimited number of users, and you can easily add them using the User Management module in the administrative section. The system is designed for, and our cloud-hosting supports, multiple users operating at the same time, as well as any number of simultaneous integrated instruments, systems or other interfaced items, without degradation of performance.

Interfaces to add instruments, services or link with your EHR, etc., are available as plugins to the HealthCloudPOL Standard account any time.

Integration Plugins

HealthCloudPOL can interface with anything that has an API. Or it can interface through file sharing. Basically, anything that can be interfaced can be interfaced to the LabLynx, Inc. HealthCloudPOL Physician Office LIS, using our exclusive HealthCloudHub solution.

HealthCloudHub

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HealthCloudHub, with LabVia, is at the heart of LabLynx, Inc.‘s powerful hardware/software Plugin solution that allows integration between the LabLynx LIS and any other interface-able entities – like EHR/EMR, instruments/devices, agencies/organizations, services (e.g. billing services), reference labs, patient and provider portals, etc.

HealthCloudHub is available to all LIS subscribers, and meets CLIA and related compliance standards, using HL7 to communicate securely between linked points. LabLynx maintains a large and ever-increasing library of channels that are configured for communication with each kind of entity, and can also create custom channels as necessary.

The HealthCloudHub plugin is the complete solution for automating your practice, available through Help Desk ticket request or by contacting LabLynx, Inc. at the LabLynx website. A certified HealthCloudHub support associate will help you decide on a strategy that best fits your business plan, or simply get your office/lab integrated right away according to your own preferences.

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HealthCloudPOL access is based on the user’s job function or role. These are assigned by the LIS administrator at setup or any time new users are added. There are three default users with each of the three access level profiles in HealthCloudPOL:

  1. Lab Manager – This is the top level of access, and allows all administrative HealthCloudPOL functions.
  2. Med Tech/Asst – This is the standard lab user, with the profile designed for all standard laboratory functions.
  3. Office Staff – This user/profile allows submitting of assay requests/orders and viewing/issuing of reports. It does not allow results data entry or other laboratory activities.

The assignment of these profiles is described in the User Management section of the HealthCloudPOL manual. If special access profiles are desired, Standard Edition subscribers can get them set up using a custom plugin by contacting LabLynx through the Help Desk or by contacting us at http://lablynx.com or http://healthcloudpol.com.

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