Survey Respondents

November 2021 - Vol.10 No. 10 - Page #6

In its 8th year, the results of MLM’s annual survey of the State of Laboratory Technology provide a broad resource of current approaches to laboratory technology purchasing, as well as historic trends detailing changes in implementations over time.

The data herein is derived from the thoughtful participation of 317 laboratory leaders from across the country, who shared their insights and experiences with budget planning, adoption strategies, technology expansion, and maintaining quality operations through swift technology acquisitions. This detailed data provides an excellent opportunity for laboratory leadership to benchmark their operations against their peers.

The breakdown of participating facility sizes is largely even and has been consistent over time.

Fully automating a substantial portion of testing—meaning samples are automatically received in the LIS, all high-volume analyzers are automated, and formerly manual processes in the molecular and microbiology labs are substantially automated—has hovered between 35% and 40% the last few years. Interestingly, this year marks the first uptick in labs reporting total automation of laboratory testing.

Half of respondents represent community hospitals, yet a range of facilities is represented.

Most facilities are processing well over 100,000 billable tests annually. At the largest facilities, testing volumes exceed 5 to 10 million and beyond, indicating an persistent need for substantial automation and technology investments in the clinical laboratory.

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