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Projected Lab Growth to Impact Health Data Infrastructure

Matthew Hawkins, president of Sunquest Information Systems, quoted in HealthcareITInteroperability article.

In a recent interview with HealthITInteroperability, Matthew Hawkins, president of laboratory software developer Sunquest Information Systems, said the three most important variables in today’s healthcare market are time, cost and patient safety. “In other words, it comes down to accurate diagnosis,” Hawkins explained.

In that context, Hawkins said lab information is a critical part of an ongoing movement toward more openness. In fact, most of the information contained in a patient’s EHR that is actionable and usable by a provider comes from a laboratory, he noted.

“It’s about being able to move data — making it more liquid from the lab, or even from a lab instrument that does the analysis — back to the lab software to the EHR or to the health information exchange, and ultimately to the patient,” Hawkins added.

Part of that paradigm shift would require laboratory information vendors to make data available at the push of a button for transfer into EHR systems — gathering all lab results for a particular patient, for example, and automatically populating the electronic record.

Progressive organizations have also elevated the laboratory’s role in providing an integrated view of a patient’s health, Hawkins explained. A blood test alone may not give providers a full picture of a patient.

“They might need to run some additional tests, whether it’s a microbiology test where they’re looking at a bacterial or a viral sample, or it’s an anatomic pathology test where they need to analyze a tumor in conjunction with the blood test or in conjunction with a molecular test or a genetic test,” he said. “What the market has told us is that rather than looking at three or four or five different systems, they want to be able to go to one central view and see an integrated screen of results from all of these different tests in dealing with the same patient.”
Sunquest has conducted beta and usability tests on a multi-view system and expects to launch it later this year.

This article was published by HealthITInteroperability on October 13, 2015. To read the full article visit

Matthew Hawkins

PRESIDENT, SUNQUEST INFORMATION SYSTEMS. With a passion for healthcare and technology-enabled businesses, Matt leads the organization to help make healthcare smarter and patients safer through the delivery of innovative diagnostic and laboratory information systems to organizations across the globe. Prior to joining Sunquest, Matt served as president and board member of Greenway Health, chief executive officer and board member of Vitera Healthcare Solutions, chief executive officer and board member of SirsiDynix and vice president and general manager of Henry Schein Practice Solutions. Matt received an MBA from Harvard Business School and began his career after graduating with University Honors from Brigham Young University. Matt is deeply committed to volunteer service having held recent volunteer board positions with the Florida divisions of both the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.