Geisinger Health Systems has long been an early adopter of data management and business intelligence systems for its handful of hospitals and more than 40 clinics located around Pennsylvania. Until recently, mining that information for its anatomic and pathology laboratories has been anything but cutting edge.

“We found it very difficult to utilize this information in real time,” says Al Shulski, IT director in laboratory information systems at the health network. “Before, we started by creating reports from our system, but that was oftentimes days, weeks or months old. It was evident that this was labor intensive and time-consuming.”

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