Posted September 26, 2012
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is introducing an innovative enhancement that allows laboratories to submit proficiency testing (PT) results directly from instruments to the CAP’s online portal. The CAP launched the new feature, e-LAB Solutions Connect, at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting July 17, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Developed in direct response to customers’ requests to electronically submit PT data, the CAP will roll out e-LAB Solutions Connect for all quantitative Surveys products with automated instruments, such as chemistry, hematology, and coagulation, in 2013. For more information, visit cap.org/eLabConnect.
“e-LAB Solutions Connect, with automated proficiency testing reporting, streamlines the process, eliminates the potential for clerical errors, and makes reporting proficiency testing a whole lot easier,” said Lisa Berger, MT(ASCP), site director for CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC, Moraine, OH, which is the pilot site for the new solution.
Mark Shearer, MCLT, MT(ASCP), CompuNet’s chemistry director, and his staff worked closely with the CAP as they had already implemented new processes and self-checks to reduce nonpatient-related clerical errors. His team has been inputting and sending PT data as part of the e-LAB Solutions Connect pilot since late 2011.
“What used to take four hours, now takes two minutes,” Shearer said. In turn, the added efficiency will enable the laboratory to treat PT more like a patient sample.
“As a result of listening to CAP customers, who are under tremendous pressure in a changing health care landscape, we developed a more convenient way to submit important quality control data,” said Charles Roussel, CAP chief executive officer (CEO). “The CAP, through leadership and innovation, allows laboratory professionals more time to spend on patients and clinicians who rely on their medical testing expertise.”
In partnership with Data Innovations (DI), LLC, South Burlington, VT, the CAP leveraged DI’s Instrument Manager™ to enable the e-LAB Solutions Connect solution.