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The 6th Annual State of Laboratory Technology
By David McCormick; Managing Editor

Given the relative parity of many clinical practices and the reduction in cost of previously esoteric testing instruments, laboratory directors have more opportunities than ever to acquire custom technology and automation packages. With these choices comes the responsibility to make informed decisions with input from staff and facility administration. As technological breakthroughs continue to be rapidly implemented into clinical laboratories with exciting promises for future expansion, those same labs remain reliant on fundamental technologies to manage day-to-day operations; one glance at the list of Key Technologies give credence to this idea. As stalwart technologies continue to grow in sophistication and features, there remains a need to unite data producing instruments in order to harness the significant power of transparent, near-real-time operations information. Clinical laboratory operations will continue to depend heavily on technology advancements, comprising a variety of automated and manual diagnostic instruments, bridging middleware, software-based algorithms, and developing methodologies. Given this dependence, MedicalLab Management will continue to examine the context of these technologies.

In the third quarter of 2019, MLM polled a random, nationwide sample of laboratory directors and administrators. We asked about technology adoption rates, satisfaction with technology vendors, and plans to purchase new systems. Responses were solicited via email and a total of 366 responses from hospital-based facilities were received, yielding a confidence interval of 4.94 (95% +/- 4.94%) based on the total population of laboratory directors nationwide.

The State of Laboratory Technology issue covers use and satisfaction metrics for the bulk of today’s clinical laboratory technology, including:

Refrigeration: The value of medical-grade temperature control and comprehensive monitoring cannot be overstated and investment in a robust system is vital to the integrity of laboratory operations. To read more CLICK HERE

Microbiology Platforms: Clinical microbiology continues its transition to automating traditionally manual procedures and introducing next generation sequencing and other advanced methodologies into common practice. To read more CLICK HERE

Coagulation Analyzers: Widely used in clinical laboratories regardless of facility size, coagulation analyzers are an automation workhorse. To read more CLICK HERE

Chemistry Analyzers: The vast majority of clinical laboratories use some type of automated chemistry analyzer, and most are medium and high-volume instruments. To read more CLICK HERE

To read the 6th Annual State of Laboratory Technology in its entirety, CLICK HERE


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