After tabulating the results of this year’s survey, MedicalLab Management is proud to present its 7th annual State of Laboratory Technology issue! This has been an extraordinary year by all means, and clinical laboratories across the country and around the world have shown their mettle by standing up to the substantial tasks at hand. To say this year has been unlike any other in recent memory is an understatement, but among the lessons to be taken from this period is a reminder that relying on automation and technology for quality and safety is just as important as doing so for accuracy and precision. While human interaction is absolutely necessary for many activities in clinical labs, many others can benefit significantly from a more hands-off operation.
Maintaining compliance with myriad rules, regulations, and recommendations is a daunting task under the best of circumstances but given the pressures facing today’s laboratory directors, rare is the day that complications do not arise. Thus, a range of proven and robust technology is essential for ongoing quality management.
The data described in the following pages, trending over multiple years and representing a well-refined survey methodology, can be used to compel your facility’s administration to continue supporting positive operational changes to laboratory systems and processes. To download a PowerPoint slide package of this year’s State of Laboratory Technology data for use in presentations or proposals to colleagues and administration, simply visit medlabmag.com/slides.
Combining the skill, education, and passion of a clinical laboratorian with leading edge technology enhances patient care and reduces costs. To this end, we are very proud that 85% of hospital laboratory directors use MLM to directly influence automation and technology acquisitions.
We greatly appreciate the laboratory directors who responded to this survey and shared their automation experiences herein. Further, we encourage your feedback: If there are other technological instruments or devices you would like us to consider, please drop us a note.
With best regards,
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