Whether the clinical microbiology laboratory uses individual specimen processors or opts for a total lab automation solution, the clinical utility of microbiology is expanding, requiring more comprehensive and automated solutions. Clinical microbiology continues to transition toward automating traditionally manual processes, and once esoteric technologies are now being adopted in community hospital laboratories.
After 2 years of small declines in adoptions, this year saw an increase in the number of facilities utilizing microbiology platforms. Just under 6 out of every 10 facilities now take advantage of this technology.
A majority of facilities with 100+ beds currently utilize microbiology platforms. Use increased this year amongst facilities with 200-400 beds.
Just over one-third of facilities are looking to purchase new microbiology platforms, and most of this purchasing activity will be concentrated among those facilities already using this technology. Just 10% of those without this technology are planning an acquisition.
For those facilities interested in purchasing a new platform, projected adoptions are spread almost evenly throughout the next five years, with the exception of particular interest in implementation within the next 1 to 2 years.
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