What to consider about test-order entry
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- Test name/code lookup methods.
- Capture of additional data required at time of order for certain tests (for
example, prenatal screens, cystic fibrosis, heavy metals).
- Order modification, add-on, and cancellation handling.
- Access to test reference information (for example, online test directory).
- Duplicate order checking.
- Standing and recurrent orders.
- Unsolicited orders from the LIS.
- Complex panels that may require more than one tube type and transport temperature.
- Handling of ordering physicians or tests not defined in system dictionary.
- Client-specific order sets.
- Options for billing party and insurance carrier data management.
- Specimen label generation.
- Requisition printing, format, option.
- Options for packing manifest contents and sorting—for example, specimens
sorted by transport temperature (room temperature, refrigerated, frozen).
- ICD-9 code lookup capabilities.
- Medical necessity checking and advanced beneficiary notice, or ABN, printing
—Walter Hendricks, MD