Definition

laboratory information system

A laboratory information system (LIS) is a series of computer programs that process, store and manage data from all stages of medical processes and tests. 

Physicians and lab technicians use laboratory information systems to supervise many varieties of inpatient and outpatient medical testing, including hematology, chemistry, immunology and microbiology. Basic laboratory information systems commonly have features that manage patient check in, order entry, specimen processing, result entry and patient demographics. A LIS tracks and stores every detail about a patient from the minute they arrive until they leave and keeps the information stored in its database for future reference.

This was last updated in April 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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