Many hospitals have had the same laboratory information system for a decade or more. So a growing number are now weighing whether to acquire a new system from a niche vendor or from the company that provides their core clinical system. Either way, they're searching for a system that offers new functions that meet their evolving needs.

"Lab systems have been around a long time, and you may think you know about all the functionality available. But in reality, there's a lot of innovation going on out there," says Chad A. Eckes, CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Schaumburg, Ill. For example, one reason the organization is using a lab system from niche vendor Sunquest Information Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is because it's well-designed to support point-of-care testing, complete with bar coding of lab test specimens.

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