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Next Generation Automation Solution Exhibited at AACC

By Christina Chang, LabMedica Regional Director
Posted on 18 Jul 2012
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AACC 2012: A new, adaptable automation solution allows a phased implementation to accommodate both current and future needs of medium- to very high-volume laboratories. The solution was unveiled at the 2012 annual meeting of the AACC and ASCLS and Clinical Lab Expo in Los Angeles (CA, USA) on July 15–19, 2012.

The circular track and modular design ensure Siemens Aptio Automation solution can adapt to nearly any lab or testing environment. It also offers connectivity to Siemens’ (Munich, Germany) portfolio of automation-ready analyzers, facilitating a multidisciplinary approach to testing. In addition, Aptio Automation’s point-in-space aspiration feature helps workflow by reducing the need to aliquot samples, and its puck-based system with Radio-frequency identification (RFID) enables individual sample routing and tracking, along with STAT prioritization.

William Bartlett, PhD, Joint Clinical Director of Diagnostics at the UK’s NHS Tayside (Dundee, United Kingdom) one of the first laboratories to deploy Aptio Automation, said: “We chose Aptio Automation because it can handle increasing workloads while enabling us to use our staff better. We expect that the implementation of this new platform will allow us to provide a state-of-the-art service that aligns the lab function with Tayside’s overall goals for organizational sustainability and improved patient outcomes.”

Today clinical laboratories are turning to automation to help them meet the growing demand for in vitro diagnostic testing as the labor force declines. And, these trends are only expected to continue, as approximately 17 % of laboratory professionals are anticipated to retire in the next five years. Aptio Automation is an adaptable solution that allows for a phased implementation to accommodate both current and future needs of labs.

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