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[Gnumed-devel] German path lab barcodes

From: Jim Busser
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] German path lab barcodes
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 09:24:16 -0700

On 2010-08-15, at 9:11 AM, Sebastian Hilbert wrote:
 was Re: [Gnumed-devel] Open Source Health Informatics, London, 30th Sep 2010

> Germany is not that much different. The lab will provide barcodes to the 
> praxis. Someone draws the blood and pots a barcode on the tube. It is up to 
> the praxis to manually associate the barcode with a patient. The lab will 
> only 
> return results and the barcode as idetifier. They don't know the patient 
> name. 

Wow! You mean the state does not assert a need for the lab to know (and for the 
state to be able to determine from the lab) the results plus "for health 
planning purposes and for possible disease control reasons" something about the 
patient including their name?

Are German path labs required to have doctor-owners or doctors in the quality 
control, and does not the state insist there must be some way to cross-check 
(verify) whether a label got put on a wrong tube or some other way to resolve 
inadvertent mixup?

-- Jim

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