Electronic Health Records and Their Implications and Opportunities for Laboratories

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This chapter describes the basic components of electronic health record (EHR) systems. It summarizes recent regulations aimed at increasing the use of EHRs, including the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, meaningful-use criteria, and federal certification of EHR systems. The chapter discusses potential laboratory concerns and regulatory issues associated with increased use of EHRs in physician practices. It provides laboratory strategies for information management in the EHR era. The laboratory information system (LIS) was interfaced to an EHR that stored essentially all the information about a patient that previously was contained in a patient’s physical chart or record. The federal meaningful-use requirements increased the demand for LIS interfaces with various EHR products in use by healthcare facilities and private physician practices. The EHR provides many opportunities for the laboratory to improve the process of ordering and interpreting laboratory tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Laboratory Management
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781683673941
ISBN (Print)9781683673910
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024


  • electronic health records
  • information management
  • laboratory information system
  • laboratory tests
  • regulations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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