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Introducing Beaker, a new laboratory information system for Sentara 

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Introducing Beaker, a new laboratory information system for Sentara

Sentara Laboratory Services is pleased to announce it will be upgrading its current laboratory information system (LIS) from the Cerner Classic product to EPIC Beaker during spring and summer 2014. The new Beaker LIS will offer Sentara Laboratory Services clients improved reliability, charts that are easier to read and interpret with additional functionality.

The transition from Cerner to Beaker began in March 2014 at Sentara Leigh Hospital and to date, several Sentara facilities have successfully transitioned to the Beaker LIS.  The Sentara Reference Laboratory, located at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, will upgrade to EPIC Beaker on June 21, 2014.  Laboratory staff from throughout Sentara are working hard to ensure a smooth transition.

Starting on June 21, clients utilizing our diagnostic services may notice a few changes in appearance to your faxed test results, including easier to read formatting and resulting of critical values.  Users of the 4Medica online platform will not see any significant changes in how orders are placed or how to obtain results.

Below you will find a link to an FAQ page created for our clients and periodic updates as they come available.

Please check this page for news and updates about Beaker.  If you have any questions, please email questions to

Thank you in advance for continued business, patience and assistance during this transition.

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