Two standards development organizations, Health Level Seven International, Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, Wayne, Pa., announced that they've agreed to create "a consistent industrywide process and mechanism for pathology specimen identification and labeling."
HL7, lab-standards group team for project
The goal of the collaboration is "to allow integrated workflows across all systems and users in specimen handling and processing," according to the statement.
Also taking part in the initiative are the College of American Pathologists; Northfield, Ill.; GS1, a Brussels, Belgium-based global SDO focused on the supply chain; and IHE Anatomic Pathology, a member initiative of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, a healthcare industry collaborative that develops use-case oriented interoperability specifications, called profiles, for electronic data sharing.
IHE is co-sponsored by the Radiological Society of North America, Oak, Brook, Ill., and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Chicago.
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