Medical Laboratory Professional’s Week 2019

As we wrap up Medical Laboratory Professional’s Week 2019, the ASSC team wants to thank you all for your contribution to this under-recognized field of healthcare. We feel that you guys are the ‘Hidden Heroes’ of Healthcare. As humans, we always strive to push the boundaries and discover new ways to improve existing methodologies. As the technology we work with advances, it creates a whole new playground for brilliant ideas to form. As we were celebrating this week, we wanted to share with you the two key essentials we think can optimize your laboratory.

Physicians, organizations, medical institutions and ultimately the patient rely on our performance and insights to form accurate conclusions in numerous scenarios such as preventing illnesses, managing disease and even resolving criminal investigations. Labs must also be equipped to handle complex operations, and high volumes of test samples without sacrificing lab efficiency or precision. Below, we’ll uncover how complementing a labs human workforce with automation, optimizes lab productivity and the quality of lab results.

1. Encourage Teamwork

Employees should be encouraged for teamwork wherever possible to enhance lab functionality. Employee training is a very important part of improving a lab process flow. Open communication can play an important role in encouraging teamwork among the lab staff.
Introducing standardizing process workflows to your team is a great way to streamline lab processes. Standardized operation control procedures in accordance with confined best practices may lead to timely and efficient completion of routine based tasks. Standardized process flows enable the employees to be aware of their job roles in case of any known or unknown situation and are in a position to handle it without any additional support.

2. Automate

Certain processes which are frequently done by technicians and lab staff should be automated to not only improve lab and staff efficiency but also boost performance. Lab managers can evaluate the cost of process automation to check the feasibility of automation and take necessary steps for its execution.

Clinical laboratory information systems use state of the art technology to embed standardized workflow into a lab infrastructure. It allows a constant monitoring of the analyzer equipment and simplifies the process of complex analysis functions by utilizing inherent automation techniques. Here are the high level results of automating your laboratory:

  • Increases Delivery Speed and Accuracy of Lab Results: By keeping track of both patient and sample information, the potential for errors in the recording and transcription process is removed.
  • Offers Real Time Tracking & Time Saving: Sample tracking modules that register outgoing samples and re-register incoming samples, greatly simplify the tracking process for the user.
  • Reduces manual work: Traditionally manual processes are now automated. Lab functions such as accessioning, resulting, reporting and billing, are now effectively handled through the automation.
  • Improves Profitability: automation provides financial, operational, inventory, reports and tests that enable lab owners to mine data, analyze trends and make accurate projections. Access to this information helps decision makers form successful plans in regards to operations of the lab.
  • Frees management to focus on the business: By automating core tasks and processes, human employees can put more focus on managing the direction of the business and tasks of the following nature: Unstructured problem-solving; Acquiring and Processing New Information; Non-Routine physical work.
  • Allows labs to capitalize on flexible systems: Handles specific resulting requirements of both drug tests as well as validity tests, both numeric and alpha. Providing correctly configured interpretation.