Setup manual entry lab information

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Setup is necessary to manually enter lab results for tests sent to a laboratory that is not integrated with your Cornerstone software, or if you have in-house results not generated by an analyzer. Example: Fecal smear or glucometer result. Learn how to setup the following for manually entering lab information:

  • Designated laboratory
  • Age groups: Define test ranges
  • Templates: for lab result entry
  • Test ranges: Define low and high values
    Note: These values are automatically set for integrated laboratory systems. Those settings are not affected when setting default values for manual result entry.

Before you start




  • Never create a lab, template, or profile ID of IDEXX or INCLINIC. These are reserved for the IDEXX integrated laboratory systems only.
  • Once a template is created, the name cannot be changed and the template cannot be deleted or inactivated.

Setup a laboratory for manually entering results

It’s recommended to set up a lab in Cornerstone for entering lab results manually. This way, the inhouse templates and profiles remain unchanged and integrations will not be impacted.

Navigate to Activities > Lab Work > Laboratories > New.

  1. Required settings:
    • Enter a laboratory name and an ID.
  2. Optional settings:
    • Enter the remaining information, if preferred: Address, city, state or province, and postal code.
    • Retain settings as defaulted In the Requisition Numbers and requisition ID ranges boxes. Any changes to these values are best performed with support assistance.
    • Select a color from the Display color drop-down list to display the laboratory name in a specific color within cumulative results.
    • Select the order from the Cumulative display drop-down list. Descending = most recent to least recent; Ascending = least recent to most recent.
  3. Recommended settings:
    • Clear the defaulted selections in the Preferences and Print preferences sections since manual lab entries do not utilize requests.
    • If using requests, set values accordingly, but requests will need to be removed manually one results are entered.
  4. Click OK.

Setup species age groups

You can define default test ranges based on patient species and age for manually entered test results. These test reference ranges let you compare manually entered results to normal ranges for patients of the same species and age. You need to define the age groups for each species before setting default test ranges.

Navigate to Lists > Species > Select the appropriate species > Update.

  1. Click Lab Age Grps.
  2. Click New to add a new age group or Update to change an existing age group.
  3. Enter a description of the age type. Example: Adult or puppy
  4. Enter the age range for this group. If using multiple ranges, do not have gaps or overlaps between ranges.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Repeat steps as needed for additional ranges per species and per applicable species.
Tip: Create a single age range for the species. This simplifies the default test range setup, since test ranges are set per age range.

Setup manual entry result templates

Templates are used to determine which tests appear on the screen when manually entering results and have these results to appear on the Patient History Lab tab.
Note: Once created, existing templates can be modified, including tests and order of tests. Template names cannot be changed, nor can a template be deleted or inactivated.

Navigate to Activities > Lab Work > Templates > New.

  1. Name: Type the template name.
  2. Test column: Type the names of the tests on each individual line.
    • To add additional rows after the tenth test, press TAB.
    • Note: You can use the black arrows to position the tests in a particular order on the template.
  3. Click OK when all of the tests have been entered for this template.

Setup default test ranges

Default test result ranges let you compare a patient’s manually entered test results to normal ranges for patients of the same species and age. This setup also creates a lab report with a visual of low and high values. Species age groups must be set up prior to defining test result ranges.

Navigate to Activities > Lab Work > Default Test Ranges.

  1. In the Species field, enter the species ID or double-click to select from the species list.
  2. Select the age range.
  3. Select the associated laboratory.
  4. Select the template to set default values for.
    • In the Units field, enter the unit of measurement for the test.
    • In the Low field, enter the lowest normal value for the test.
    • In the High field, enter the highest normal value for the test.
  5. Click OK.

Repeat steps as needed for additional ranges for each species age group and applicable lab templates.

Additional information

Lab information

Default ranges

Related reports

These Cornerstone reports provide information from the actions outlined in this article. Each report has its own security access under the Reports tab of the Security Setup window.

  • Lab Templates report
  • Lab Test Defaults report


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