Vendor Considerations for Robotic Sample Handling

September 2020 - Vol. 9 No. 8 - Page #19

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.

Planned adoptions of robotic sample handling are spread rather evenly over the next 5 years, with 46% planning an implementation within the next 2 years. 

As expected, larger facilities (200+ beds) are the most committed to implementing new robotic sample handling technology in the near future.

Abbott, Roche Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter are reaping the greatest consideration in this broad marketplace.

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