Managing and validating laboratory information systems
Various federal, state, and other accreditation agencies require computer validation.
The organization should create a policy that will provide consistency in the validation of all information systems.
Prospective validation is performed before the system or component of a system is put into everyday use.
Retrospective validation occurs infrequently, but it is important when the need arises.
The outcome could be disastrous not only for the patient but for the entire organization.
Validation is a process by which any organization - whether independent laboratory, physician office laboratory, or hospital-based laboratory - ensures that all components of an information system work properly in that organization.