The union of these big players meant providing diagnostics for approximately 9,000 in-house patients per day and more than 800,000 out-patients per year. Everything but a small feat.
In fact, having to keep up with such a steep increase in throughput, while still maintaining the flexibility and efficiency they were known for, proved to be their greatest challenge.
We spoke to Dr. Anke Edelmann, to find out how the right instrumentation and solutions enabled them to overcome this challenge and expand their testing portfolio exponentially. Within the field of molecular biology, Labor Berlin focuses on testing for virology, microbiology, haematology and oncology.
What does a typical day in your lab look like?
Our lab operates from 7am – 6pm and processes around 500 samples per day. These consist of both routine tests as well as Lab Developed Testing Solutions (LDT). After a day of testing, all the results are fed into the LIS (lab information system), which ensures that all our data is consolidated and securely stored. After that is done, validation of data is completed.
How big of a role does the instrumentation you use play in the success of your lab’s processes?
The molecular biology technology we use is key to our success. A lab’s need for technology depends on the size of the lab and the throughput they’re dealing with. The more the lab’s throughput increases, the bigger the need for technology that enables you to standardize and automate processes. Our lab experienced this first-hand.