Importing Laboratory Data

  • James Fine
  • David Chou
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


You have just completed a patient history and physical exam. You determine that the patient needs laboratory tests to rule out secondary hypertension. You pull out and fill out paper requisition forms for basic blood work. You send the patient to the laboratory phlebotomist servicing the practice with a requisition for a basic seven-test chemistry profile (CHEM7) and a complete blood count (CBC). The patient goes home with filled-out request form and instructions for a 24-hour urine collection for metanephrine and is asked to return when he has completed the collection. You receive the results for the CHEM7 and CBC next morning. The patient returns to the laboratory satellite one week later with the 24-hour urine, but leaves the request forms at home. The phlebotomist calls your office for instructions on how to handle the urine jug while the patient is waiting. After 15 minutes with an angry patient, the phlebotomist receives a copy of the requisition faxed by your office. The metanephrine is ordered and results arrive two days later. You hunt down the laboratory results received a week earlier from the stack of paper on your desk and compare them with the metanephrine results.


Complete Blood Count Electronic Medical Record System Microbiology Result Clinical System Order Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Fine
    • 1
  • David Chou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Laboratory MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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