SCC's Genetics Information Systems Suite®
Continuing breakthroughs in genetics and molecular diagnostics are resulting in an increase of ordered tests and the amount of data being introduced into genetics laboratories. The volume of data and complexity of the testing and interpretations are too great to be managed by traditional laboratory information systems. SCC's comprehensive suite of genetics information management system solutions provides a full range of genetics tools designed to automate workflow in today's genetics laboratories. This suite is Web-accessible, can be integrated with hospital information systems, and offers a selection of cytogenetics, molecular, flow cytometry, biochemistry, diagnostic pathology, and immunogenetics (HLA) solutions that are highly configurable and allow for predefined, user-defined protocols.
Complete integration and a single shared database among the applications enables users to track sample progress in order to efficiently manage the sample and its testing, review concurrent and previous test results for more accurate interpretations, and - when using the Interpretive Workstation - the ability to summarize results and reports across technologies for comprehensive interpretations.
Instrument integration assists users in attaining efficacy and efficiency by avoiding the risks and time investment inherent in manual data entry and retrieval from laboratory instrumentation.
Reporting capabilities include auto-populated canned messages based on result entry, free-texting edits, spell check, placement of images and graphs in reports, and user-definable reporting templates. The flexibility and enhanced functionality of SCC reporting streamlines the reporting process and significantly reduces errors frequently made with manual reporting workflows while producing professional, easy-to-follow reports.
Rules-based system (RBS) enables users to build rules based on conditions such as test ordered, sample type, patient age, client, indication, etc. in order to provide alerts or notifications or to set an action regarding processing or reporting. This provides user-defined automation to guide users in given circumstances as well as support client standing orders.
Reagent inventory functionality resides within each application enabling users to track reagent usage, provide prompts of approaching par levels to support just-in-time ordering, and document quality control status and expiration dates with user alerts to avoid unsuitable reagent usage. Bar code label generation for reagent scanning provides auto-documentation of reagent use per sample and auto-calculated reagent depletion.
Management reporting is also available with either defined or ad hoc reports. This management reporting functionality aids the laboratory not only with productivity management, but also with quality assurance efforts and trending, and with producing patient data queries for publications or presentations.
- Defined reports can be generated on demand or performed on a scheduler with
auto-delivery to laboratory management.
- Ad hoc reports can be user-defined based on system fields.
- Frequently-requested novel reports can be built and saved in a reporting library
for repeated use.
SCC's Genetics Information Systems Suite® modules:
SoftPathDx, SCC's diagnostic pathology support system, provides reliable data capture as well as a highly customizable and client-configurable reporting and workflow structure. A diverse imaging and reporting system allows a personalized setup. Seamless integration with SCC's Genetics Information Systems Suite applications provides easy reflex ordering of tests in the sister applications, such as reflex HPV tests to SoftMolecular® or chromosome analysis in SoftCytogenetics®, with final reporting in the Pathology Report.
SoftPathDx also enables users to share specimens between other labs such as biochemistry, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and molecular. This allows for integrated resulting and the ability to track specimens throughout multiple labs. SoftPathDx also enables users to optimize workflow by focusing on site-specific protocols and rules to assist the technologists and pathologists in decreasing turnaround times and managing patient data.
SCC's diagnostic genetics laboratory information management system, SoftCytogenetics, allows processing of cases using workflow scenarios as determined by the laboratory's standard operating procedures (SOPs), including culture setup through harvesting, slide processing, analysis, and reporting. SoftCytogenetics offers a complete solution for cytogenetics laboratories, providing user-definable protocols, real-time sample tracking throughout processing, and auto-generation of reports based on user-defined rules and canned messages. Culture Tracking functionality supports culture processing for any testing in the cytogenetics laboratory as well as culture preparation for send out testing. Integration with cytogenetic imaging systems allows for easy countsheet data capture and image placement on reports. SoftCytogenetics also fully supports adjunct testing such as FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) and CGH (comparative genomic hybridization).
SoftCytogenetics' information management functionality facilitates action items such as sample processing and quality control queries through a user-friendly and efficient, browser-based, Web-enabled graphical user interface.
SCC's SoftMolecular information management system enables pathologists, geneticists, and forensic scientists to manage data and analysis stemming from current molecular testing methods in order to generate accurate interpretations and meaningful reports. This robust, user-friendly, and intuitive workflow solution for the diagnostic genetics laboratory enables users to streamline workflows, interface with automated instrumentation, manage patient and family cases, track sample storage, and control inventory. SCC's Genetics Information Systems Suite™ products allow communication with other laboratories, whether they are separate technology-based departments or multiple sites
SoftMolecular empowers users in all aspects of the genetic testing process - including direction of workflows through testing protocols, data transfer with automated equipment, management of samples, and tracking of inventory levels. SoftMolecular's intuitive workflow functionality enables users to track cases through DNA/RNA determination, amplification, detection, analysis, and interpretation. The robust reporting functionality found in the SoftMolecular module gives users an accurate, user-friendly data analysis and results reporting capability that facilitates comprehension of results from complex testing. Features, such as enterprise-wide reporting, enable users to track completion of tests including remaining/pending tasks, while daily manager worklist queues assist managers in keeping their technologists informed about daily fluctuations of workload
SoftMolecular offers seamless integration and interfacing with sequencing and fragment analysis instruments. These interfaces replace manual data transfer reducing resource investment and the inherent error rate associated with manual processes. This results in not only in greater efficiency and accuracy but also provides efficient data management and minimal loss due to human error.
SoftHLA - SCC's immunogenetics information management system for the diagnostic genetics laboratory - provides clinical and laboratory information management functionality related to transplantation workups for solid organ and stem cell/bone transplantation, along with transfusion support and other clinical purposes. The system provides a dynamic tool for immunogenetics laboratories by providing strong database support for information analysis and management.
The enhanced functionality of SoftHLA provides users an indispensible information assessment application to track patient groups for workups in transplantation and other immunogenetics studies. As a result, clinicians have come to rely on the broad functionality and in-depth capabilities that are unique to SoftHLA. With its robust and flexible architecture, SoftHLA meets users' needs in various endeavors, from PCR-based HLA typing methods to solid phase technologies. Furthermore, SoftHLA can be interfaced with virtually any other informatics application, as well as automated and non-automated equipment to support Luminex®, flow cytometry, sequencing, and other technologies from third-party vendors, including One Lambda, Abbott, Life Technologies, and others.
SoftHLA delivers a robust application for enterprise-wide laboratories in immunogenetics, stem cell, and solid organ/tissue/fluid research in both clinical and research settings. SoftHLA provides easy access for in-depth database management and the storage and retrieval of large volumes of information derived from customized queries used in antigen-related research and clinical applications such as transplant reports, serum collection, and patient record management at all levels of the enterprise - from the laboratory to the patient's bedside.
In addition to the robust features found in SoftHLA, SCC offers users the ability to interface easily with other clinical and laboratory information systems that have been created as a result of SCC's dedication to this industry for more than 30 years, including interpretive workstations, anatomical pathology, blood bank, and general laboratory information systems.
SoftFlowCytometry - SCC's flexible data management solution for the diagnostic genetics laboratory - enables pathologists and medical technologists to effectively analyze multiple parameters from flow cytometric analysis software, including imported histograms and scatter plot images and data from custom panels derived from flow cytometry analysis techniques. The net result is better design configurations in testing workflows, task management, and result reporting.
SoftFlowCytometry can be readily interfaced with virtually any flow cytometry instrument or data analysis platform for capture of large volume information analysis and management. Interfacing supports an efficient laboratory workflow avoiding manual entry that increases risk for data entry error. Efficiency and accuracy gains offered by SoftFlowCytometry will ensure that your laboratory can grow rapidly without requiring additional personnel or negatively impacting quality.
SoftBiochemistry, SCC's biochemistry information management system, is designed to organize and process many forms of data into clear, customized reports that are transmittable and interoperable with many enterprise-level information systems. Offering management and information solutions that are designed to meet the challenges of dynamic reference lab and hospital environments - whether single or multisite - the SoftBiochemistry system is based on user-definable workflows that provide adaptability and versatility.
Unique timesaving features directly address the need to reduce transcriptional and data entry errors, increase productivity and communication, and enhance the timeliness and quality of patient care. To improve efficiency, users can add additional rules to those already in the database - including rules on actions, ordering, billing, assigning orders, and signing out orders.
Full integration with clinical laboratory systems provides a seamless flow of information throughout the enterprise - a key ingredient to improving patient outcomes. SoftBiochemistry easily integrates with existing HIS and LIS systems, as well as a variety of client service and accounting information systems.
Flexibility is vital when it comes to providing physicians optimal service. SCC’s SoftGenePortal enables users’ clients to place orders directly into their Genetics Suite modules as well as view test results and reports. Online connectivity supports remote consultations and technical component/professional component (TC/PC) split test options. Electronic notifications can be sent via the Web to numerous handheld or PC-based devices providing options reflective of today’s preferred communication modes. A new Patient Portal provides report accessibility and payment functionality. SCC’s SoftGenePortal also presents a unique marketing venue to advocate users’ organizations and update their customers on their current test menu or laboratory services.