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Re: [Gnumed-devel] German path lab barcodes

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] German path lab barcodes
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:39:33 +0200

> > 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?

This anonymity is starting to erode: for any blood group work or
genetically relevant tests or certain types of reimbursement the patient
demographics are transmitted now. For other things, no.

The labs do employ QA doctors, yes.

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