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In 1991 the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) introduced the first version of a standard called ASTM E1394-91 for communication between centralised clinical analysers and host systems. For nearly 20 years this low key standard has been used as the basis for analyser host communications. A minor revision of the standard (ASTM1394-97) was published in 1998. This work gives a brief summary of the development of lab messages that led to the introduction and continued use of the standard. The authors also present a review and preliminary analysis of 30 implementations of ASTM E1394. The authors investigated 30 relevant analyser interfaces in order to identify the successfuland unsuccessful features of the ASTM E1394-97 standard by assessing the compliance and non-compliance of the chosen implementations with respect to different features of the standard.
Markey, B., Berry, D. (2010). A quiet success story in the laboratory: survey of 30 implementations of the ASTM 1394 standard for analyser interfaces. 15th Annual Conference of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland, Stillorgan Dublin, November. doi:10.21427/D7RC97