Laboratory administration / management of pathology practices
Computer systems AP / LIS
Choosing an anatomic pathology / laboratory information system (general)

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D.

Revised: 5 January 2018, last major update May 2013

Copyright: (c) 2002-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Anatomic pathology / laboratory information system [title]

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Cite this page: Pernick, N. Choosing an anatomic pathology / laboratory information system (general). website. Accessed December 11th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Based on our experience in the computer field for over 30 years and without any influence from advertisers, we recommend that you consider the following general factors in choosing any computer system:
    1. Speak to several vendors. You probably can't meet with all of them but as you talk to several. You will educate yourself and become aware of the differences and similarities between them.
    2. Talk to users that are similar to your pathology group, unless you anticipate a dramatic change in your practice. Talking to users makes sense, because it is difficult to get a feel for how a system will work for you until you actually use it. However, other users can tell you about the system features that they like or that make them angry.
    3. Think about system maintenance. Determine in advance the procedures to follow if there is a problem with your system and test whether they work. If you do billing at night, verify that support personnel are available then and how easy it is to contact them.
    4. Try not to buy features you won't use. We have made this mistake ourselves many times. All of us want to be on the cutting edge but most of us lack the time and energy to change our practices to incorporate the latest technology. So try to be realistic about what features you are likely to use in the next 1 - 2 years and don't waste money on those features you won't use.
    5. We also recommend you think about the various issues identified in our surveys, to the extent they relate to your practice.