Automation and productivity in the clinical laboratory: experience of a tertiary healthcare facility

Chin Pin Yeo, Wai Yoong Ng
2018 Singapore medical journal  
Clinical laboratories for in vitro diagnostics are facing pressure to preserve cost control while providing better services through new initiatives. Laboratory automation is a partial answer to this problem, having come a long way from the early days of clinical laboratory testing. The journey and implementation of automation in the Singapore General Hospital's Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory has allowed for sustained performance in the light of increasing workload and service commitments amid
more » ... an evolving healthcare environment. Key to realising predicted outcomes is the optimisation of workflow processes, reduction of errors, and spatial placement of specimen reception and analytical areas. This paper gives an overview of our experience with automation in the clinical laboratory and its subsequent impact on service standards.
doi:10.11622/smedj.2018136 pmid:30498842 fatcat:qbi3bozwvvbzbfahuptd3axmq4