Which PMIP data items are commonly missing from current Pathology feeds?

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Q. What are the most common areas in which Pathology systems have problems when constructing flat files for translation into MEDRPT NHS003?

  1. The Pathology system must generate a unique identifier for each report. This may be constructed from several fields, but must be different for each report which is submitted for translation. If the data set is resubmitted it must have a distinct report id.
  2. The patient’s surname or NHS number must be present in every report which is submitted for translation.
  3. It must be possible for the flat file to include comments at the patient level [clinical details].
  4. A sample type must be present for each specimen described in the report. This should be presented as free text of up to 70 characters but may be coded.
  5. It must be possible to distinguish between set level and sample level comments.
  6. If Read codes are used in the flat file they must be presented along with the appropriate rubric, exactly as it appears in the Bounded list. If the Read code represents a test a flag, to indicate whether the test’s result is expressed as a ratio, must also be presented.
  7. If the Pathology system is capable of producing copy reports the flat file should be able to distinguish between the requesting and receiving health care professionals.

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