Laboratory Information: A Critical Component of Healthcare Service Delivery
Laboratory Enabled Healthcare
The laboratory has emerged as a cornerstone of national healthcare systems. The increasingly critical role of the laboratory in the protection and promotion of the public’s health is being driven by a combination of innovation in (1) diagnostics and (2) digital health.
Laboratory Informatics

Novasano has deep expertise in the area of laboratory informatics. Novasano works with members of the healthcare ecosystem to understand how to best leverage laboratory information to improve patient and population-level healthcare outcomes. Working with public health partners, Novasano develops a work plan to advance data exchange, analytic capability and information generation capability in the areas of import to each specific partner to advance their public health priorities. The work plan is based on detailed work flows and data flows to best understand how to leverage laboratory data to support clinical and public health outcomes.

Novasano is helping to lead the use of data from rapidly emerging genomic sequencing capabilities to study the tuberculosis genome for drug resistant strains and to develop predictive analytics to guide optimal drug therapies for each patient as well as for populations. This is a great example of how Novasano can help leverage emerging bench science to improve patient interventions and ultimately support population-based interventions.

In addition, Novasano engages in the development of robust surveillance capability. Effective public health surveillance, defined by the CDC in the MMWR, is the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data about a health-related event for use in public health action to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve health. Surveillance systems are generally deployed for one of the following purposes:

  • Case detection and public health interventions
  • Estimating the impact of a disease or injury
  • Portraying the natural history of a health condition
  • Determining the distribution and spread of illness
  • Generating hypotheses and stimulating research
  • Evaluating prevention and control measures
  • Facilitating planning
  • Outbreak detection
Laboratory Information Exchange
Robust healthcare systems require an effective network of data exchange to understand disease trends and then to leverage this information to develop effective interventions for the healthcare system. Novasano has worked with leading public health and regulatory agencies to advance the development and adoption of standards for laboratory data exchange. Novasano understands that laboratory information systems may vary across laboratories in a geographic region but it is critical that common data cores are defined and the coding of these data best is according to data standards promoted by appropriate public health authorities.