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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital adopts new automated laboratory
Date:9/19/2011

system. Thomas Jefferson University faculty will work with the team from Roche Diagnostics to optimize this system.

The system has a mechanical "track-like" conveyer belt controlled by a central station that manages each patient sample individually. The blood sample travels along the belt, where it's labeled, centrifuged, divided into additional tubes, if necessary, and sent to analyzers. The samples are then sent to refrigeration units to be filed for possible later use.

The refrigerated post-analytical unit stores 27,000 test tubes, automatically retrieves them when additional testing is needed, and automatically discards tubes that are no longer needed. This ensures reliable and consistent results for repeat testing.

"This solution will have a significant impact on lab productivity and efficiency," said Stephen C. Peiper, M.D., Peter A. Herbut Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University. "The new equipment will not only enhance the staff and hospital's performance even more, but also put Jefferson at the forefront of laboratory innovation."

This project is just one of several collaborations between Jefferson and Roche in the advancement of personalized healthcare for patients, including the implementation of new diagnostic tools that help physicians in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancers and other diseases.


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Contact: Steve Graff
stephen.graff@jefferson.edu
215-955-6300
Thomas Jefferson University
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