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Electronic Requesting Further Info

What are the benefits to the GP surgeries?

       System-to-system connectivity allows complete and accurate order entry by reducing the risk of transcription errors.

       Request tracking from point of request through to results reporting, as well as incoming request monitoring and a full audit trail.

       Reduction in the need to telephone the laboratory with enquiries either caused by data entry errors or to query the progress of a sample, as each order will contain status updates.

       Reports, via the web browser, are displayed in a clear manner with the ability to navigate backwards or forwards to additional results.  Abnormal results are clearly highlighted, and if appropriate, a comment can be added to the report, as well as options to print or file.  All actions are fully audited.

What are the benefits to the patients?

       Increase in data quality for both patient demographics and test information, and an increase in frequency of the NHS number being used as the prime identifier for all requests.

       Increase in the amount of useful clinical and patient history information to aid diagnosis, (as ICE provides prompts that can aid test selection process).

       Reduction in unnecessary repeats of investigations for patients, (as GPs will have access to inpatient results).

       Improved turnaround times.

Can electronic requesting be used to order all pathological investigations?

The following disciplines can be electronically requested using ICE:




       Blood Transfusion


       Diagnostic & Gynae Cytology

       Molecular Biology



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