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BC explores new options for laboratory services


Victoria, BC – The provincial government in British Columbia is considering the creation of an electronic laboratory service. It says it is currently looking for a partner to help it build the system, which will eventually link laboratories, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and other places where patients access health care.

The lab network will allow care providers to access clinical laboratory information results, lab orders and decision support at the point of patient care anywhere in the province. This will increase efficiency, enhance clinical decision-making and reduce duplication of tests in the laboratory system.

The province plans to roll out the system in 2007-2008.