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Infectious Disease Lab LIS Updates

Infectious Disease Lab is Implementing a New Laboratory Information System

The Infectious Disease Laboratory (IDL) will be implementing Orchard as the new Laboratory Information System (LIS) effective March 31, 2020. What this means for submitting labs:

  • Specimens received by the IDL on and after Tuesday March 31, 2020 will be accessioned into the new system with the exception of mycobacterial testing, which will be integrated at a later date.

  • The current submission process will remain the same after implementation, but the submission form will be updated prior to implementation. The updated form will be ready for use in March 2020 and will be located on the Infectious Disease Lab Forms Page.
  • Test Faxes

  • If your facility submits specimens to the IDL, your facility will receive a test fax between January 21, and January 30, 2020. Confirmation of delivery will be required including contact information and verification the report transmitted correctly. The fax will provide information on how to provide confirmation.
  • Result Reporting

  • Patient test reports will continue to be sent via Fax, though the look of coversheet and faxed report will be different.

  • The tests being performed are not changing, but the name of the test may have changed. The IDL has standardized report language for results to "POSITIVE" and "negative" where applicable. In lieu of "DETECTED" and "NOT DETECTED".

  • Working List of Test Names with Possible Results (PDF)
    Test names, sub-test names, LOINC codes, and possible results.
  • More to come

  • Starting in late 2020 our partners will have the opportunity to enter all submissions through an online portal instead of a paper submission form. Partners will also have the option to access result reports through the portal instead of receiving reports via fax. If you are interested in using the portal or for additional information about it, please contact Dan Stets dan.stets@state.mn.us.
  • Infectious Disease Laboratory Support

    For support with facility contact issues, problems with faxed reports, questions/comments about the LIS, or general feedback, please fill out the MDH Infectious Disease Lab Support Form.
    Updated Wednesday, 29-Jan-2020 12:38:44 CST