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Application of advanced informatics and Telematics for Optimisation of clinical laboratory services

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The project has developed a common architecture and facilities for data exchange among the clinical laboratories throughout Europe. The application work packages, which address the various functionalities of the laboratory, are connected to an open architecture which will provide the overall integration of services. The communication and telematics aspects of the project focus on standards for data transmission among laboratories and the clinical/administrative information systems. Modules have been developed for: automatic enforcement of locally agreed guidelines of protocols for laboratory investigation/monitoring of patients in high dependency units; dynamic scheduling of laboratory investigations so that additional tests may be scheduled or deleted based on results available; advanced management facilities providing support for management of scheduling both workflow and staff deployment in the laboratory; a knowledge based system which draws attention to the interference of drug therapy with a patient's laboratory results; local and remote fault diagnosis and corrective maintenance of equipment (2 modules); a knowledge-based system for serial interpretation of acid base data; a prototype system for monitoring biochemical markers in coronary care units; OpenLabs Neural Network Tool to be integrated with laboratory information systems; neural network classification of haematology image data; a knowledge-based system for interpretation of organ profiles.

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