As we close in on the end of 2021, it is easy to point out the many challenges that continue to face the practice of health care; yet optimism sometimes has an interesting way of manifesting itself. Undoubtedly, your laboratories have faced intense and high stress working conditions this year and to describe staffing as a “crisis” situation for many health care facilities would not be hyperbolic. However, commitment to equipping the laboratory with every possible tool in the fight for better patient outcomes is evident on the pages of this issue.
Perhaps more than ever, reliance upon automation and technology for precision, quality, efficiency, and safety is integral to successful operations. Thus, we are proud to present our 8th annual State of Laboratory Technology issue!
The data described in the following pages can be used to compel your facility’s administration to continue supporting laboratory growth. To download a PowerPoint slide package of this year’s data for use in presentations or proposals, simply visit medlabmag.com/survey-data
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 79% of hospital laboratory directors use MLM to directly influence automation and technology acquisitions.
We greatly appreciate the laboratory leaders who responded to this year’s survey. Further, we encourage your feedback: If there are other instruments or devices you would like us to include in the survey, please drop us a note.
With best regards,
P.S. We are indebted to the thoughtful contributions of the State of Laboratory Technology survey participants and as a token of our appreciation, we are pleased to present the winner of this year’s randomly selected sweepstakes—Laura Massey, MLS(ASCP)—with a $450 Amazon gift card! Laura is the laboratory manager and blood bank supervisor at Sweeny Community Hospital in Sweeny, Texas. Thank you to Laura, and everyone else who took part in this year’s survey!