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Delivering successful laboratory automation

Sysmex provides modular concepts for full EDTA management. In a standardised workflow – from benchtop to automated solution. From sample entry to archiving. And with the highest efficiency on the smallest footprint. We create the conditions you need to address all your ‘pathologies’. Consistently. Around the clock.

Whatever testing your patient sample requires, we can help you create concepts that deal with it fully automatically. Including rerun and reflex testing, smear preparation and staining, and digital morphology. Depending on your daily sample volume, we can help you reduce manual intervention to the minimum necessary. This has a direct impact on your reporting time.

Reducing manual work processes and redundant samples in modern routine laboratory testing frees up space for other important tasks, increases efficiency and improves the quality of the analysis with reduced sample volumes. The fully-automated process reduces the individual risk of errors, and delivers standardised laboratory results quickly, efficiently and accurately, 24/7.

Lean management concepts and clinical innovation need no longer be opposites. Freeing up resources through automation lets you invest in scientific innovation and innovative support of the clinicians.

Comprehensive, total solutions

To ensure the best possible efficiency and quality in line with growing demands, routine lab processes have to be adapted  regularly. They have to take into account the latest scientific standards and the many changes taking place in the healthcare environment. This includes the ageing of the population, fewer resources and delivering fast and efficient patient support to ensure efficient patient therapy to name just a few.

Particularly in the run-up to investment, we analyse all material-relevant processes in detail. From incoming samples to sample archiving, to identifying existing bottlenecks and duplications. We provide measurement technology that can address these huge challenges, and have more than two decades’ experience in the complex and sophisticated integration of laboratory structures. We know that our concept needs to meet stringent requirements. 24/7, 365 days per year. And always with the same degree of quality. And this is where we truly excel. In providing holistic solutions. That really deliver.

We are changing too

With the introduction of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) and new treatment procedures, hospital stays are growing shorter. This also poses new challenges for routine laboratory testing. Existing processes need to be regularly reviewed and synchronised with daily hospital routines. Thanks to fully yield-based DRG remuneration systems in in-patient care, organisational change throughout the system is leading to cross-departmental, procedure-optimised process policies.

Those medical laboratories that thrive will be those that adapt quickly and flexibly to ever-changing market conditions. The traditional borders between emergency and routine requirements are becoming increasingly blurred. And consolidated laboratory findings need to be provided as quickly as possible to provide guidance as to which further therapeutic measures need to be taken. Productive, efficient, precise, reproducible and innovative. These are all terms used today to characterise modern laboratory analysis.

We help hospital management and commercial labs properly assess the situation in laboratory operations. Specifically, we have experience interlinking laboratory performance data with a wide range of medical disciplines. Simply reviewing medical discipline-related laboratory requirements to improve cost efficiency and so reducing output is an unsatisfactory approach. This often results in costs being shifted to other, less well-controlled areas. To ensure comprehensive patient care, laboratory management must develop and implement cross-departmental approaches to improve the organisation and revenue.

Integrated solution concepts

It used to be all about measuring technology and its results. Now – the significance of integrated solution concepts is growing, as is its role within an overall process of comprehensive patient care. From sample receipt to sample archiving. By closely examining laboratory processes and their associated laboratory costs, significant adjustments in labs’ cost structure are possible – especially from consolidating areas in the medical laboratory and eliminating redundant processes, particularly in pre-analysis. For example, to reduce unnecessary costs, we can use our middleware to route known patients fast and efficiently through your laboratory process. This is just one example of the areas we can help – it can represent a possible competitive advantage.

Consolidation

If a consolidation is going to be successful, you need a detailed analysis of the processes required for each individual patient material, and which profile is required. We need to standardise and unify the incoming sample tubes to dedicated work areas. And we can help by reducing the necessary sample collection volume. This is directly linked to patient benefit as they need to give less blood, while the organisation saves time in sample collection and needs to use less equipment.

Unnecessary process steps should be avoided in all areas, as they lead to an unnecessary shortage of existing resources. In terms of time management, it leads to an increase in run times for each individual sample.

Planning laboratory automation requires a suitable compromise between flexibility and throughput. Of course, manual processes are the most flexible. They are also slow, consume manpower and include the risk of manual errors. In fully-automated laboratory processes the situation is reversed - with the highest possible output and lower flexibility. When considering laboratory automation, we believe it is about finding the right balance. About maintaining greatest possible sample output while still remaining flexible. Retaining the ability to address all possible pathologies. And being able to quickly and flexibly adapt to changing framework conditions and parameters around the clock, and so be future-proof.

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