Add New In-House Tests and Results

Version 14.10

In this section, the user will review the process of how to add new in-house Labs, Screening tests, Imaging and Procedures and their Results.

Note: The article will explain how to add an In House test. The steps below are basically the same when adding an outside lab.

Access the HL7 Diagnostic Test Utilities

  1. Navigate Utilities > Manage Clinical Features > Diagnostic Test Setup.
  2. Click on the Test Name Definitions tab.
  3. Click the filter on the Lab button and choose In House or the Lab you want to add a new test.
  4. Click the + to expand the line to display all labs tests associated with the lab facility.

Add a new Diagnostic Test

  1. Click the Add a new diagnostic test definition button  to add a new Diagnostic Test. The Diagnostic Test Name Information window opens.

  1. Select In House from the Laboratory dropdown or the lab where the test is being created.
  2. Enter the name of the test in the Test name field. 
  3. Make a selection in the Purpose dropdown.

Purpose: the Purpose chosen will effect how a test is ordered and/or resulted:
  • Order or Result = When choosing this purpose the test will be used at the top level to order and also a line entry for a result.
  • Order only = When choosing this purpose the test will be used at the top level as an order only. There will be no result line entry.
  • Result only = When choosing this purpose the test will be used to enter a result, typically this is used as a component or an order.
  1. Make a selection in the Category dropdown.

Categories: the Category chosen will result in which type of test it is labeled as:
  • Lab = any test labeled as an -ology (pathology, serology, etc.); chemistry
  • Screen = Screen
  • Imaging = CT scan, MRI, Xray, ultrasound, angiography, cardiac echo
  • Procedure = Procedure
  1. Enter the LOINC code (In House tests must begin with ‘X’ and not exceed 7 characters).
  2. Tab to the Test ID field. This will populate the Test ID field with a code identical to the LOINC code. If not, you can manually type it in this field.
  3. Enter the CPT Code if necessary to bill for the test.
  4. Enter an ICD-10 Code if the lab requires a specific ICD-10 code.
  5. Make a selection in the Result type dropdown.

Result Type: The result type is used for information that would go into the result value.
  • String = A string result type is typically used for text rather than numbers, it can be a single word or a phrase.
  • Numeric = the answer contains numbers; can be formatted like a string set
  • Date = the answer would be a date format
  • Time = the answer would be a time entry
  • Text = the answer would be in text format
  • Coded entry = A coded entry result type is used for information that can be alpha or numeric. 
  1. Enter Default Result Value.
  • the first answer in the list is the default: Negative=N; Positive=A
  • to create a drop-down list of choices you must separate choices by a semicolon and no spaces between each entry
  • type =N after the result answer to indicate a normal value; this will result in a green background line result
  • type =A after the result answer to indicate an abnormal value; this will result in a red background line result
  1. Default visibility is set to Any staff member to change click the dropdown and select from the list. 
  2. Click OK to Save.

Create Results for an Order

  1. Access HL7 Diagnostic Test Utilities using the same steps as above.
  2. Click  to add a new Diagnostic Test Name. The Diagnostic Test Name Information form will open.
  3. Using the directions above, fill out the fields to create a results only test.

  1. Repeat the above steps for all result only test entries.

Add Results to an Order

  1. Click the Access button to the left of the lab used to order.
  2. Click the Result Template tab.
  3. Click on the Insert Record button  to add a result.
  4. Click the dropdown and select from the list.

  1. Repeat the above steps until all lab results are added.
  2. Click OK to Save.

Adding New Tests to the Test Name Pick Lists

The Test Name Pick List is used to organize labs when adding a lab requisition through the Diagnostic Tests tab of a patient chart. This will allow you to quickly navigate to a Test Category and select from the associated labs.

  1. Utilities > Manage Clinical Features > Diagnostic Test Setup.
  2. Click on the Test Name Pick Lists tab.

  1. Click the Activate button. 
  2. Select In House or the outside lab in the Test Facility column.  
  3. In the Test Name column, click the Green Plus button   to add another row, click the dropdown arrow and select from the list.
  4. Click Post Edit button  to Save.
  5. Click the Red X button to Exit.