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Journal of Automatic Chemistry
Volume 20 (1998), Issue 3, Pages 77-81
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/S1463924698000091

LIS–lnterlink—connecting laboratory information systems to remote primary health–care centres via the Internet

1Glasgow University, Department of Pathological Biochemistry, Gartnavel General Hospital, 1053 Gt Western Rd, Glasgow, G12 0YN, UK
2Nova Medical Polska, Al. Rzeczpospolitej, 33, Gdansk 80-463, Poland

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Abstract

A pilot study was performed to evaluate the feasibility of using the Internet to securely deliver patient laboratory results, and the system has subsequently gone into routine use in Poland. The system went from design to pilot and then to live implementation within a four-month period, resulting in the LIS-Interlink software product. Test results are retrieved at regular intervals from the BioLinkTM LIS (Laboratory Information System), encrypted and transferred to a secure area on the Web server. The primary health-care centres dial into the Internet using a local-cell service provided by Polish Telecom (TP), obtain a TCP/IP address using the TP DHCP server, and perform HTTP ‘get’ and ‘post’ operations to obtain the files by secure handshaking. The data are then automatically inserted into a local SQL database (with optional printing of incoming reports)for cumulative reporting and searching functions. The local database is fully multi-user and can be accessed from different clinics within the centres by a variety of networking protocols.