We can convert the test codes sent from the analyser into codes to match those expected in your LIMS. We can standardise test codes between analysers - so that a code for Sodium blood plasma is the same between different analysers. We can do this in several different ways - either as an analyser specific configuration or via an ODBC connection, if you access the data via SQL.

One solution is to match an analyser testcode using a numeric ID to the testcode in your LIMS.  The Cobas e411 analyser sends a test code 10 which is the code for TSH. The Abbott Architect sends a code ^531~CMV IgG. We will translate these codes to a set of numbers to match those used in your LIMS.

 This converts unfriendly names into recognisable test codes. A test name and short test name can be added in this way.

 Test codes  sent from the Abbott Architect

Parameter
^149~HBsAg Qual
^161~Anti-HCV
^442~HTLV-I/II
^531~CMV IgG
^541~CMV IgM
^561~Syphilis
^580~Anti-HBcII

 

These are easy to interpret as we have the numeric test code and a recognisable short test name. 

 However, most analysers simply send a numeric code such as

Parameter
^149
^161
^442
^531
^541
^561
^580

 

LabComm sets up a Test code translation table. The numbers in the Test ID column are provided by your system

 

ParameterTestNameShortTestNameTestID
^149~HBsAg Qual Hep B surface antibody Hep B sur Ab 16
^161~Anti-HCV Anti-HCV (Hep C antibody) Hep C  Ab 4
^442~HTLV-I/II Anti-HTLV I & II HTLV 8
^531~CMV IgG CMV IgG (Cytomegalovirus) CMV IgG 6
^541~CMV IgM CMV IgM (Cytomegalovirus) CMV IgM 7
^561~Syphilis VDRL (Syphilis) Syphilis 5
^580~Anti-HBcII Anti-HBc (Hep B core antibody) Hep B core Ab 14

 

You can now store the results for CMV IgG against your Test ID number 6.