Given the codependent interconnectivity of today’s clinical laboratory systems, it is important to have a strategic plan in place to guide the acquisition of new technology. A key component of any strategic plan is the identification of financial and operational benefits that will accrue based on these additions.
Fortunately, a healthy two-thirds of facilities expect next year’s budget to stay the same or increase. It also is encouraging to see that even more facilities expect budget increases in the next 3 to 5 years.
As always, a primary goal in health care is finding opportunities to improve operations with minimal taxation on current resources. In many ways, lab technology allows these opportunities to present themselves.
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