PathWest is replacing its Laboratory Information System

PathWest is in the process of replacing its Laboratory Information System (LIS)


The business case for the new LIS acknowledged pathology management required new test request processing and reporting structures with accessible, meaningful data, tracking and audit functions.


The existing LIS comprises four separate systems. The main LIS, Ultra, was operationalised in metropolitan hospitals in 1995 and subsequently rolled-out to all regional hospital laboratories in 2005/6. The four systems will be replaced by the one new integrated LIS.


The new LIS will:

  • Improve patient care outcomes by reducing the number of specimen handling errors with fewer repeat specimens taken and help ensure timely diagnostic and treatment decisions.
  • Improve electronic access to results for doctors.  
  • Increase the efficiency of laboratory operations by standardising work processes including configuration of tests, optimised sample collection tubes, the testing process and reporting across PathWest sites.


Implementing a new PathWest-wide LIS that addresses pathology, medical and business needs across eight pathology disciplines is both challenging and complex.


The PathWest project team includes highly experienced staff that have demonstrated a long-standing commitment and positive contributions to develop and test the new LIS modules. The team is continuing its work with the vendor to finalise testing and readiness for the go-live scheduled in early 2020.


The Go Live approach includes an extended roll out to pilot the system and to minimise patient safety risk.


PathWest stakeholders will be kept informed of the project’s progress, including changes in pathology reports produced by the new LIS, and the confirmed go live date.​
Page last updated: 9 Dec 2019