iSoft has announced that its LabCentre laboratory information system is to be introduced in the Netherlands. An iSoft spokesperson said the system will be available immediately in the Netherlands and is to offer benefits including “extremely rapid implementation, ease of use, improved remote requesting, improved test turn around, embedded word processing and cancer dataset support”. LabCentre is a modern, scalable and full graphic laboratory information system for clinical chemical, bacteriological disciplines and blood bank and is used at laboratories in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Russia. The system is also available in the UK, launched in April as i.Laboratory Enterprise. The system meets traditional laboratory needs, as well as providing a more advanced database design for easier adoption of emerging and evolving standards and technologies. It has been designed to support flexible workflows and improve efficiency and meets clinical safety and laboratory accreditation requirements. Gary Cohen, executive chairman and CEO of IBA Health, said: “We see a huge opportunity for LabCentre in the Netherlands. This is a global solution to streamline workflows and delivers extensive management information to laboratory processes.” Cohen added: “Both streamlining workflow and delivering information are important for the Dutch market, which requires more process supporting systems. At present we rank among the leading suppliers of e-health solutions in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, and Spain.” As E-Health Europe has reported earlier this year, iSoft’s new parent company, IBA Health, has been keen to promote LabCentre across Europe and help create integrated laboratory services across multiple sites. Many sites in Germany have already done this, which has led to interest in Russia and Switzerland. iSoft said in a statement: “LabCentre currently runs some of the largest distributed, integrated laboratory services in Europe. It improves efficiency while ensuring that organisations adhere to the strictest safety and quality standards.” The company added: “A key feature is the ability to configure the software to support specific organisational processes so improving both workflow efficiency and staff utilisation. Its powerful rules-based engine allows the user to control the transfer of specimens from requesting through to reporting.” The system enables a wide range of processes to be automated including results validation, queue allocation, cascade requesting, report formatting, and electronic results notification.