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Request Tests

After you have completed enrollment, you can follow these steps to request tests:

  1. Log onto the Health Commerce System (HCS).
    Log onto the Health Commerce System (HCS).

  2. Select the ‘CLIMS’ application from the Applications list.
    Select the ‘CLIMS’ application from the Applications list.

  3. Select ‘Remote Order’ from the CLIMS application list.
    Select ‘Remote Order’ from the CLIMS application list.

  4. Select the Specimen/Sample type you are submitting.
    Select the Specimen/Sample type you are submitting.

  5. On the submitter tab, complete the required fields, indicated with an asterisk ‘*’.
    On the submitter tab, complete the required fields, indicated with an asterisk ‘*’.

  6. If you have an Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS) specimen number, enter the information in the bottom field, under the submitter tab.
    enter the information in the bottom field, under the submitter tab.

  7. On the patient tab, complete the required fields, indicated with an asterisk ‘*’.
    On the patient tab, complete the required fields, indicated with an asterisk ‘*’.

  8. If a New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) Outbreak Number is available or Communicable Disease Electronic Surveillance System (CDESS) case number is available, please enter this information under the patient tab.
    please enter this information under the patient tab.

  9. On the tests tab, search for the desired test by suspected organism, agent or test name.
    On the tests tab, search for the desired test by suspected organism, agent or test name.

  10. On the additional info tab, complete the required fields, indicated with an asterisk ‘*’.
    On the additional info tab, complete the required fields, indicated with an asterisk ‘*’.

  11. Select ‘Place This Order’, and print the electronic request form to submit with the specimen.
    Select ‘Place This Order’, and print the electronic request form to submit with the specimen.

Address any red text before selecting ‘Place This Order’ button.

For additional assistance, review Help and Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at clims@health.ny.gov.


If you are unable to request tests electronically and need to send a specimen immediately, complete the paper or PDF Infectious Diseases Requisition Form:

  1. Enter the full name, date of birth, and county of the patient. If available, include the submitter’s reference number.
  2. Fill in the submitting laboratory’s name, address, laboratory permitted facility identification (PFI) number, contact person, and phone number.
  3. Record the specimen collection date, time (if applicable), and source/specimen type.
  4. Exposure, relevant travel, suspected organism, and all known clinical information should also be completed.
  5. Place the IDR in the pocket of the transport bag when shipping the specimen. If a specimen is sent without an IDR, testing will not be completed until the required information becomes available to the Wadsworth Center.