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Create a Lab Order Request

Lab orders provide a workflow for the initiation, tracking, and documentation of point-of-care tests, paper-based labs, and electronic labs (eLabs). A lab order request can be initiated from within a clinical note or from the Labs/Studies page under the Clinical icon or on the Agenda.

Navigate to Labs/Studies

A lab order request can be initiated three different ways:

  1. Hover over the Clinical icon in the top menu and click Labs/Studies. The Labs/Studies window opens.

  2. Click Labs/Studies under Outstanding Items on the Agenda. The Labs/Studies window opens. 

 

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  1. Click the Plan section in a clinical note and click Labs/Studies. The Create Lab Order window opens.

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Create a Lab Order

  1. Click + Create Order in the upper right of the window. The Create Lab Order window opens.
  1. Enter the first 2–3 letters of the patient's name and select it from the auto-populated results. (This field does not display when ordering a lab from within a note.)
  2. Click to select either a Labs or Studies/Imaging order.
  3. For Labs, the "eLab" checkbox will be selected by default.  To order a paper-based lab or point-of-care lab*, click the "eLab" checkbox to clear the selection.
  4. Select the ordering provider from the drop-down menu.
  5. Choose the user from the drop-down menu who is responsible for completing the request.
  6. Enter any notes for the user who will be processing the order.
  7. Click Yes or No to indicate whether the lab or study should be processed Stat. Labs and studies marked Stat appear as a higher priority in Kareo.
  8. Enter the first few letters of the diagnosis for the request in the Add a diagnosis field. The patient’s active diagnosis list and matching search results display. Select the diagnosis from the list.
  9. Repeat to enter additional diagnoses, if necessary.
  10. Type the first few letters of the lab, study, or imaging name in the Search Labs / Search Studies/Imaging field. Select the desired lab, study, or imaging from the auto-populated list.
  11. Repeat to enter additional labs, studies, or imagings, if necessary.
  12. Click Create Lab Order.

The lab order displays in Labs/Studies under the Clinical icon, on the Agenda, and in the patient's record. Orders initiated from within a clinical note will also display in the Plan section of the note.

Once an order has been created, it's ready for processing. Read our help articles on processing a paper lab order or eLab order, or watch our paper and eLab processing videos to learn more.

  Point-of-Care Labs

Point-of-care testing allows timely diagnosis and treatment of the patient, while the patient is still in the provider's office.  Below is a list of the most commonly performed point-of-care tests. Results of these tests (paper order) can be added as discrete results in the patient's chart. 

  • Cholesterol Total*
  • Ejection Fraction Study*
  • Fecal Occult Blood
  • Glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1C*
  • Influenza A/B
  • Lipid Panel*
  • Mono
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Rapid Strep
  • RSV Rapid Test
  • Urinalysis
  • Urinalysis w/Microscopy

*Indicates discrete lab result entry into Kareo Clinical is required to fulfill related MACRA/MIPS quality reporting for the following measures: 

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