Emergency Preparedness Planning: LRN-B & Surge Capacity

Orchard has developed an electronic interface from Orchard® Harvest™ LIS to the CDC’s Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHIN MS) with a variety of possible deployment options. This interface enables the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) labs to report their results to the CDC electronically, eliminating time-consuming and error-prone manual entry, so they can quickly recognize, rule out, or refer potential bio-threat agents.

In addition, Orchard’s products improve surge capacity and enhance a PHL’s ability to communicate during public health emergency preparedness planning. In a surge situation, samples are triaged to ensure the highest priority samples get tested first. In order to properly triage, specific information has to be collected from the hospital. With Orchard’s adaptable LIS/outreach tool, Orchard® Copia®, information fields on the order entry screen that are optional in times of routine surveillance can be configured as mandatory to accommodate surge capacity.

LRNB Diagram

Laboratory Response Network – Biological (LRN-B)