Combined chemistry and immunoassay testing is an accepted practice in diagnostic core labs with track-based automation. Yet resistance to adding the blood sciences to the track persists. As more labs take this leap and study the effects, concerns about a loss of quality have not been realized. Moreover, there is growing evidence that points to the advantages of fully automated multidisciplinary testing. Consider these hemostasis and hematology gains:
Hemostasis workload increased 68% to support 3.2 million tests per year1
After Kantonspital Aarau in Switzerland added a Sysmex® CS-5100 System* onto its Aptio® Automation track, the lab increased its coagulation test volume from from 1.9 to 3.2 million tests per year with only a 7% increase in staffing. The lab also added 15 new tests they were previously unable to offer and has been able to shift some staff from routine into specialty chemistry and specialty coagulation work.
On-track hematology saves time and money2
In the United Kingdom, a benchmarking study monitored 90 National Health System labs with and without tracked hematology. Four peer group-matched subgroups compared Siemens Healthineers and other manufacturers’ instruments in both tracked and stand-alone labs of comparable size and complexity. Labs with Siemens Healthineers hematology on the track demonstrated:
- Better turnaround time performance for full blood count tests from the Emergency Department, with 95.8% of requests reported back within the Royal College of Pathologists target of 60 minutes.
- Lower average cost per test. Based on typical workloads, the study projected that labs with Siemens Healthineers hematology analyzers could save £110,000 per year by bringing those instruments onto the track. Moreover, it projected potential savings of about £270,000 per year if the labs using equipment from other manufacturers switched to a Siemens Healthineers tracked system. This could amount to £1.9 million in savings in just 5 years.
Performance improvements are possible for all disciplines1,3
In 2001, Hospital Clinic de Barcelona in Spain was among the first healthcare providers in the world to create an automated core lab. In 2015, they streamlined even more with Aptio Automation, connecting analytical systems across all four core lab disciplines. Today, they continue to evolve their automation track.
When it comes to multidisciplinary testing, not all automation tracks are created equal. Hemostasis and hematology can live in harmony with chemistry and immunoassay testing, but such a move requires careful consideration and planning to ensure quality. Have you considered how total lab automation can help to expand your test menu or lower your cost per test?
1The statements by Siemens Healthineers’ customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in each customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.
2An analysis of UK NHS pathology benchmarking data to determine differences in efficiency, service delivery and outcomes in users of Siemens vs non-Siemens diagnostic equipment utilized by the participating Blood Sciences departments when the analyses was conducted. Highbury Analytical Limited. 2016:36. The analysis includes 90 NHS labs selected according to a scheme defined by the institution conducting the analysis. The results are based on the specific settings of these NHS labs. Because there is no "typical" hospital or laboratory and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, samples mix, case mix, level of IT and/or automation adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results. Results in other cases may vary.
3Hospital Clinic de Barcelona advances its hemostasis and hematology workflow with Aptio Automation. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. 2016 Feb. A91DX-CAI-160145-GC2-4A00.
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