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August 05, 2020
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Total Lab Automation: an investment that lasts over time

The benefits of an independent lab automation system with open connectivity, reckoned by an Italian hospital lab along nine years of activity.

In 2010 the directors of the Santa Chiara Hospital (Trento, Italy) decided to consolidate the clinical lab activities in a single space, grouping together several specialties, previously distributed on different floors. The goal was to increase the efficiency of the spaces, keeping into consideration the growing demand for diagnostic tests and budget limitations.

A Total Laboratory Automation (TLA) system, therefore, became the natural hypothesis to evaluate; the department manager, Dr. Patrizio Caciagli, is far-sighted and wanted a solution able to accompany his service in the years to come.

Realizing the rapid evolution of technologies in the IVD sector, I strongly wanted an automation system that would leave us the freedom to adopt the analyzers that from time to time seemed more suitable to our needs and to be able to update them over time, without changing the track

So he looked for a modular and expandable automation solution that did not constrain the laboratory to the workflow of the time, but allowed a possible future increase of activity by 50%, especially in the serum area.

For these reasons, Dr. Caciagli took into consideration buying an independent track system so that it could remain a stable asset of the laboratory. Around this automation backbone, analyzers and modules have been upgraded and changed over the years, without any delay in the lab service.

This case shows how FlexLab automation has paid off the initial investment, showing its value in evolving according to the needs and volumes of the laboratory.

Being purchased as a capital investment, it has anchored the value of the laboratory, over time; the favorite analyzers and latest-generation technologies have been grafted on; it has increased the laboratory’s negotiating capability with equipment suppliers.

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