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Lab connectivity: streamlining workflows to improve quality and productivity

LDT

Quality is at the heart of all lab testing. But how can labs process more samples in less time to satisfy service quality, without sacrificing analytical quality? The answer is connectivity software and data automation.

 

When software connects all process steps, there is direct communication from instruments to the laboratory information system (LIS). This means that labs performing all kinds of tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDT) with diverse molecular test menus, can set new standards for reliability and reproducibility, with fully traceable data. Such integrated systems help labs meet their goals for capacity, speed, and accuracy.

Efficient operation, safe results—even at peak times

Turnaround time (TAT) is a key indicator of laboratory performance. But of course, the speed of service can’t come at the expense of quality and accuracy. That’s why connectivity software needs to enhance both efficiency and safety in equal measure.

 

Connectivity software should improve sample safety. Key features should include advanced barcoding capabilities for easy tracking, traceability, and audit compliance. The automated functionality reduces manual tasks and helps to streamline testing—critical during peak periods of localised outbreaks or more widespread pandemics.

 

The software should be comprehensive enough to allow for multiplexing. The ability to simultaneously test multiple targets and an internal control in each well improves diagnostic speed and efficiency, leading to more accurate diagnoses and better service quality for your lab.

The improved TAT will reduce overall costs and increase lab throughput for maximum return on investment (ROI).

Seamless component connection

When investing in connectivity software, it should be able to easily link all instruments in the lab. Samples should be fully traceable throughout all stages, from primary handling through nucleic acid purification and on to PCR setup and qPCR. The data from each automated step should link directly to the existing LIS for compliance and traceability. 

Adapting to evolving needs

Invest in an automation system that meets your needs, today and tomorrow. It can—and should—work seamlessly with existing instruments in your lab, and have the flexibility to interact with the next generation of instruments, ensuring ongoing ROI.

 

Systems with built-in scalability functions can adapt to labs of all sizes. As your lab grows increasingly efficient, it will be able to handle more samples each day, allowing you to grow your business.

Freeing time for higher-value tasks

Implementing connectivity software minimises hands-on time for lab technicians, which frees them to focus on higher-value tasks in the lab. It reduces their repetitive workload through workflow automation. Streamlined and LIS-integrated data collection eliminates the need to write information down, or keep track of individual samples.

 

The software can follow samples throughout the entire handling process, streamlining documentation from initial sample handling through amplification. Barcoded samples generate data that is automatically recorded to the LIS, reducing errors that could stem from manual recordkeeping.

Increasing quality and service

Expand your lab’s potential with flexible, scalable connectivity software. The improved testing quality, sample traceability, and increased throughput will help you to offer faster TAT and better service to your customers.