Fundamental Concepts in Communication of Clinical Laboratory Information
The main task of the clinical laboratory scientist in the health system is to obtain and communicate information on the chemical, biochemical, physiological, pathological, and sometimes physical properties of people. Such information is needed for prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy of diseases, and to learn about disease at the molecular level. It is essential, therefore, that the properties examined in the clinical laboratory are those needed by the clinician and that the results communicated from the clinical laboratory to the clinician are correctly understood. To avoid misunderstandings, a set of rules is needed for transmission of information. This chapter covers the use of systems, components, entities and the difference in processes.