PathWest is replacing its Laboratory Information System


PathWest is in the process of replacing its Laboratory Information System (LIS) which currently comprises four separate systems. These will all be replaced by the one new LIS.

The existing LIS was operationalised in Perth Tertiary and Metropolitan hospitals in 1995. It was subsequently rolled-out to all Regional hospital laboratories in 2005/6.

The Business Case for the new LIS was approved in December 2013. It acknowledged Pathology management required new and faster test request processing and reporting structures with accessible, meaningful data, tracking and audit functions.

The new LIS will:

·         Improve patient care outcomes:

o   by delivering faster test turnaround times providing quicker diagnosis for patients; and

o   reducing the number of lost specimens, with fewer repeat specimens taken.

·         Maintain essential functionality available in the current LIS systems as a minimum

·         Maximise benefits realisation for PathWest

·         Improve electronic access to results for doctors

·         Increase the efficiency of laboratory operations by standardising work processes including configuration of tests, 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 Project team is continuing its work with the vendor and the PathWest Build teams comprising of highly experienced staff that have demonstrated a long-standing commitment and positive contributions to develop and test the new LIS modules. With file builds due for completion by the end of December 2017, validation and testing is currently underway.

The new LIS Go-Live is scheduled for Mid-2018. PathWest stakeholders will be kept informed of the project’s progress, including changes in pathology reports produced by the new LIS.​