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Orchard Has a Solution for Laboratory Response Network Reporting

Laboratory Response Network (LRN) labs must report their results to the CDC through an electronic portal called the Public Health Information Network Messaging System also known as PHIN-MS. Orchard Software has developed a working electronic interface from Orchard Harvest LIS to the CDC’s PHIN-MS.  Orchard offers a variety of possible solutions to deploy this interface.

The Laboratory Response Network (LRN) was created by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 1999 through a collaborative effort with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Association of Public Health Laboratories. The CDC utilizes a variety of networks that handle emerging threats in the country. In addition to the biological and chemical threats networks, the CDC and its partners are motivated to improve and expand the response infrastructure, particularly in the public health lab arena. The CDC describes the LRN as “…a national security asset that, with its partners, will develop, maintain and strengthen an integrated domestic and international network of laboratories to respond quickly to biological, chemical, and radiological threats and other high priority public health emergencies needs through training, rapid testing, timely notification and secure messaging of laboratory results.”

According to the CDC, the primary function of the LRN for Biological Threat Preparedness and Response is to provide rapid detection of bio-threat and emerging agents of infectious diseases. The strength of the LRN lies in its standardized approach and its tiered capability construct—with sentinel clinical laboratories serving at the foundation to quickly recognize, rule-out or refer potential bio-threat agents to the LRN reference laboratories. The LRN structure for biological threats is national laboratories, reference laboratories, and sentinel laboratories. They are made up of more than 150 state and local public health, military, international, veterinary, agriculture, food, and water testing laboratories.

The network of laboratories is a key factor in the success of this program. LRN labs can perform tests to confirm and detect the presence of a threat agent. Laboratories are required to have specialized facilities to safely conduct the testing.

The results of these tests must be reported to the CDC through an electronic portal called the Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHIN-MS). The CDC provides a default results reporting method utilizing the CDC’s Results Messenger, which enables the manual entry of results into the Results Messenger. The results are then electronically reported through the PHIN-MS.

However, this LRN reporting methodology is open to errors and can be very time consuming. Orchard Software has developed an electronic interface from Orchard Harvest LIS to the CDC’s PHIN-MS. Orchard can offer a variety of possible solutions to deploy this interface. Complete and submit a Request for Information Form to learn more about how Orchard can help your lab with its LRN reporting.