Automation continues to gain importance in modern clinical laboratories in step with increasing test consolidation, rising demands from clinicians for rapid turnaround times, and an ever-mounting shortage of licensed medical technologists. Ultimately, the laboratories that implement high-quality automation solutions are better equipped to meet these modern demands.
Within the context of overall laboratory automation (e.g. sample processing robotics, decision management solutions, etc.), the automation of quality control data management is particularly vital due to its impact on the validation of patient results. With the health and safety of patients at stake, laboratories must ensure patients and clinicians that the results they produce are reliable and accurate.
In addition to the impact on the quality of patient care, decisions made based on quality control results have implications on laboratory credibility, operating costs (in terms of repeat testing, delays in turnaround time, etc.), and impact compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements. Unquestionably, quality control is one of the most important yet often least appreciated activities in the laboratory.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Unity Real Time expert quality control data management solution helps meet the quality demands of the clinical laboratory. The system is a third party software solution that can be easily integrated with existing Laboratory Information Systems (LIS), laboratory instruments and middleware solutions, such as Data Innovations Instrument Manager. With the latter solution, Bio-Rad has partnered with Data Innovations to provide a bi-directional, integrated connectivity solution that offers quality control autoverification.
The Unity Real Time quality control data management software solution: