Tuesday, 09 March 2010 14:39

Victoria's Southern Health chooses local pathology software

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The largest hospital group in Victoria has selected a locally developed pathology management system despite competition from multinational providers such as GE.

LRS Health has been selected by Southern Health to provide a pathology management system.

Southern Health is the largest hospital group in Victoria, with more than 40 sites including five major hospitals. It uses around 1.5 million pathology tests a year.

LRS Health's MediPath system automates pathology workflows.

"The MediPath system allows clinicians to order tests straight from the patient's bedside, the system then takes the specimen and via a completely automated system, interfaces with over 50 different highly sophisticated laboratory analysers for the results," said LRS CEO Andrew Edgley.

"Test results are then returned via LRS Health's secure messaging service, AllTalk, not only to the requesting clinician but also to other parties involved in the patients care, for example their GP," he added.

Who is already using MediPath? See page 2.



AllTalk is already used by more than 3500 medical practices in Australia. Major MediPath customers include Royal Prince Alfred hospital (Sydney), St Vincent's hospital (Sydney and Melbourne), North Coast Area Health Service, and St John of God Pathology. It is also in use in the UK.

According to the company, no MediPath site has ever switched to a different product unless taken over by a larger corporation.

"This solution was purpose built by LRS Health for Australian pathology labs and the LRS Health specialists will work very closely with Southern Health to highly customise the solution to their specific environment. As we are a local company we are also very well positioned to provide constant service and 24 hour support," said Edgley.

MediPath includes administration and billing engines that interface with systems operated by Medicare and the Department of Veterans' Affairs, among others.

The system to be installed at Southern Health will also link to patient administration, clinical, and accident and emergency systems, as well as state and national e-health projects.

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