Labs integration with OpenEMR?

Hi @Ralf_Lukner -
Thanks for the tip, and the link.

I’m curious, when was it that you checked with WMT- was it over a year ago?
I followed the link you provided, and sent them a message re: their current support of OpenEMR. Will post back here if I hear anything from them.

So my followup question would still be, how are you meeting your lab needs without WMT’s services?

Best- Harley

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Ok, let me be the one to stand corrected: I got a prompt reply from Brenda at WMT:

“We are definitely still doing lab integration/lab interfaces for OpenEMR. We have multiple labs that we do interfaces for including Quest and LabCorp. Any OpenEMR practice is welcome to contact us regarding a lab interface OR they can contact their laboratory as the lab has to approve an interface before we can install the interface.”

If anybody’s interested in contacting them, they can follow Ralf’s link and click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of the page.

But I’m still interested in what people are doing about their labs who have not signed up with WMT… :slight_smile:

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I’m on the link to Quest and cannot get past the EMR Vendor point of contact without a name and phone number, may I have your permission to give them yours?

BTW we’re still using the old school method, hence the attempt to move into the 21st century.

@hitechelp supposedly Sherwin (@juggernautsei) just recently did a Quest thing. Since it sounds like you may go with him for e-prescribe, you might want to check that out. Otherwise you’d need to follow that link that Harley mentioned and contact Williams Technology directly.

Curious I am what ‘a quest thing’ might be. The point of engaging WMT is that they have the interface for OpenEMR <-> Quest . Did he ( you @juggernautsei ) write a new interface?

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@htuck
It is not a new interface but a module that works in concert with the existing interface to transmit and receive lab orders from quest. The module is in final testing. The issue that we are stopped is if Quest sends and unsolicited result to the system. Right now it just gets deleted instead of matching it to a patient. I have not gotten an opportunity to work this out yet. Once that is working, the module will be ready for release approval.

Hi @juggernautsei thanks for the explanation.
The last I heard, the way labs work now is if an OpenEMR customer wants to work with Quest they have to contact WMT who will install the interface and support the interactions between the OpenEMR and Quest. Is this still the case?

And on the OpenEMR side, the lab orders and results are handled by the Procedures module. Does your patch change the process, like maybe replace the Procedures module’s role in the process?

Cool beans, Man - HT

@htuck and what you knew in the past is correct. WMT has been MIA for some time.
The lab feature that is built into OpenEMR is sufficient enough to seen lab orders to Quests. All lab order testing is completed and passed Quest review with minor adjustments to the HL7 segments. No major revisions needed. It is a misnomer that WMT software is needed like people still think they need Mirth and long ago @sunsetsystems removed that requirement but people still ask me about it because it is hanging out there on the web in some old thread that has more authority than the current status of OpenEMR.
Best =^)8

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That is good to know, I learned something today! Thanks :slight_smile:

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@juggernautsei been watching this for awhile, we’re hoping you can pull this off soon. We’ll help out in whatever way we can.

We are in the final testing phases. I got a change request yesterday to show the specimen collection date on the report. I am looking into it now. They want the Specimen date and time to be shown here. I am trying to trace this down. @sunsetsystems and @sjpadgett have been very helpful in this process. Let me know if you can figure out where this display gets generated.

In searching the code and in the interface. The specimen date is not accounted for separately. The person should be in the collected column and move the data to the specimen column. But for now, I am just trying to show the same date in the Specimen column in the collected column because they should be the same date.

Update
I figured out where to update the specimen date in the interface. No code changes are needed. This will require some training in the clinic to show the Specimen date in the right column.

I am sending this off to Ron @ Quest for approval.

It’s looking good. I have a backup system that I can use to search for what you’re looking for, do you think there may be other good candidates for a “find” command besides the obvious “specimen”
I’m still working on fixing my broken 7.0.1(1) X12 gen. Availity’s rejecting everything so that’s priority 1. But I can get the backup system looking while I wrestle that alligator.

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Put my name and number in your application now.
Sherwin Gaddis
757-328-2736

Change the software name to OpenEMR with no space.

Great, thank you very much I appreciate you very much for this.
Just curious, my grep search found close to 300 instances in both the database and the openemr directory, where was the location you found?

Just heard from Sharlotte Hazelwood at Quest who is working the OpenEMR integration application I had submitted, I gave her your name and number and she will have an integration specialist call you. PM me if you need her number.

Give her the name Ron Pena. You don’t have to contact him. She should be able to find him with the information below.

We have three remaining test cases to get finished with for release.

Ron Pena

Engineer, Connectivity Ops
Healthcare Technology & Analytics Solutions
Quest Diagnostics | Action from Insight | WoodDale IL 60191 USA | phone 815.355.8097 | Ron.X.Pena@QuestDiagnostics.com | QuestDiagnostics.com

@juggernautsei It would be a great addon for US installations. BTW do you know if Quest provides their order catalog. Now that we have LOINC Import option, we would be interested to see if the lab orders and results rely on standard data vs current user maintained approach.

Also suggest you include Quest EMR Interface Request url as the starting point for those interested in getting set up.

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I will ask Ron about the compendium. It was not mandatory to build that in, but since you are asking. We could put it in now. Thanks for the URL.

I came across this thread as I’m currently trying to get an API key with LabCorp, and I just received an email that they require a contact person with my EMR vendor. I was reading about WMT at the beginning of this thread, but further down and more recently it seems like that’s not necessary. What’s actually involved in getting access to order labs and receive results to/from LabCorp? (Also, the same with Quest).

@mike437 Hi Mike did you get an answer to this? Are you a developer?