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4medica, 4medica Laboratory Suite

4medica, 4medica Laboratory Suite

Laboratory-provider links software, April 2017

Contact Information

Gregg Church
13160 Mindanao Way, Suite 350
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Name of laboratory-provider links (LPL) software 4medica Laboratory Suite (Lab4 and Path4)
Configuration of LPL software standalone product that can interface with many vendors’ central LISs or EHRs
• Software modifications or enhancements required on host LIS to interface none
• Percentage of LPL software customers who use another company's LIS
Year company began selling LPL software/Most recent LPL software installation* 1998/January 2016
Last major release or update of featured LPL software December 2016 (version 1610)
No. of U.S. host or central labs using software clinically/No. of international host installs 100+/—
• No. of U.S. host labs that electronically transfer orders from physician or other client system, through LPL software, into LIS in host lab 90+
No. of contracts for host labs signed between January 2016–January 2017 8
No. of U.S. satellite or client location installations 40,000+ physician offices/1,000+ provider institutions**
No. of employees in entire company 75
Provide list of client sites to potential customers on request yes (a list of comparable sites)
Ave. time to install, build files, train staff in physician offices/Other provider institutions** 2–4 hours/1–3 hours
Human languages (other than English) supported by system Spanish
How demographics and billing information are transferred from EMR or physician office or clinic practice management system to LPL system one-time batch download/file transfer or in real time
Tools for facilitating data transfer from EMR or other provider system to LPL system use only software tools from 4medica
How results are returned to physician offices or to other provider institutions** block of text, PDF, discrete data elements, images or graphs as TIFF or JPEG
Data interface standards operational HL7 2.x, HL7 2.3.1, HL7 2.5.1, HL7 3, ANSI X12 (ASC X12), HL7 FHIR, CDA, XML, custom when required
System supports LOINC for identifying lab result database elements yes
Where patient test data are stored cloud as part of LPL application
• Order entry
- Medicare compliance checking using carrier-specific rules installed
- Advanced beneficiary notice printed if medical necessity criteria not met installed
- Local medical review policies can be viewed installed
- Automatic routing of order to different labs or hospitals according to payer rules installed
- Printing of lab’s requisitions/Printing of requisitions for other lab providers installed/installed
- Duplicate order checking installed
- Physician office-specific panels installed
- Orders can incorporate multiple specimens or parts in a single accession installed
- Software permits requests to run tests with specific test kits installed
- Physician office can electronically order supplies from host lab installed
- Automatic handling of scheduled or standing orders installed
• Printing of barcoded specimen labels/2D barcode on printed requisition installed/installed
• Software adapted for use in phlebotomy or collection stations installed
• Result receipt
- Stored as a block of text installed
- All items (result, reference range, units, etc.) stored as discrete data elements installed
- Automatic parsing of report pages to extract results installed
- Inquiry mode that allows physician office to check specimen status with host installed
• Reporting
- In exact format received from host lab/Cumulative installed/installed
- Integration of host and physician office lab results installed
- Display of new results for patient and/or clinic installed
- Remote access available to on-call physicians installed
- Unattended printing of reports installed
- Display current report with historical data on same screen installed
- Graph historical results with current results for trend analysis installed
• Physician can electronically sign reports to confirm review installed
• Physician can compose and send secure electronic messages to patients via email available but not yet installed
• Physician can compose and send secure electronic messages to patients via PHR installed
• User-defined, rule-based system installed
• Alerts in physician office module installed
• Electronic transfer of data to another physician office via email (not encrypted) available but not yet installed
• Electronic transfer of data to another physician office via encrypted email installed
• Electronic transfer of data to another phys. office via Web reference or pointer to website installed
• Electronic transfer of data to another physician office via fax installed
• Physician office can send requests for specimen pickup or courier service to host lab installed
• Financial
- Billing, collections, accounts receivable available via another of company’s products
- Electronic claims transfer/Interfaces to billing systems available via another of company’s products/installed
• Electronic medical record interface installed
• Interfaces to physician office lab instruments not available
• Entry of physician office lab results with edit checks installed
User group that meets on an established schedule advisory council with select customers
Client receives copy of source code placed in escrow
LPL software functionality provided via ASP or cloud-based data center yes (only available as an ASP or cloud-based product)
System cost: one-time or initial charges/Monthly subscription fees $5,000–$30,000, based on complexity/variable
• Basis for increasing fees as additional referring sites are added transaction based
• Situations where fees increase with additional services if special billing functions are added
System priced on a cost-per-transaction basis yes (offer transaction and practice models)
Distinguishing product or company features (supplied by vendor) • 100% Web-based lab outreach application for ordering and reporting results • real-time analytics and customer relationship management capabilities enhance client retention, new customer development, and key metric targeting • master patient index and data-management software ensure data integrity, RCM efficiency, and patient safety
*based on February 2017 survey deadline
**provider institution=hospital, surgery center, other nonphysician office site
Note: a dash in lieu of an answer means company did not answer question or question is not applicable
Tabulation does not represent an endorsement by the College of American Pathologists.