Robotic Sample Handling

State of Laboratory Technology 2019 - Vol. 8 No. 10 - Page #16

Robotic sample handling systems are becoming increasingly prevalent in clinical laboratories as varying instruments are brought together by automated lines that transport samples to various testing stages with scant, if any, human interaction. Automation and robotic handling are now utilized throughout all testing phases, in addition to transport to and from the lab, and long- or short-term storage. A fully automated clinical laboratory remains somewhat impractical, and often, manual tasks must be performed in concert with robotics, so skilled and talented staff remain the lab’s greatest asset. However, as with all aspects of health care, the reduction of error risk is a primary goal.

The majority of users (93%) give their robotic systems satisfactory marks. However, room for improvement remains as only 22% deem their systems excellent.

One-quarter of all facilities have adopted robotic sample handling in their laboratories with the majority of those adoptions concentrated in the largest facilities (+400 beds).

Beckman Coulter, Siemens Healthineers, and Roche Diagnostics are the leaders in use, with Ortho-Clinical and Abbott also well represented.

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