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Compact Immunoassay and Clinical Chemistry Analyzer Helps Low- to Mid-Volume Labs Tackle Challenges

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 21 Jul 2023
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Image: The Atellica CI Analyzer offers the highest throughput in the smallest footprint (Photo courtesy of Siemens)
Image: The Atellica CI Analyzer offers the highest throughput in the smallest footprint (Photo courtesy of Siemens)

Clinical laboratories face crucial operational challenges that hinder productivity, such as an increased number of patient samples, staff shortages, and additional documentation requirements. Now, a new immunoassay and clinical chemistry testing system is designed to address these issues related to labor shortages, while also promoting revenue growth and enhancing agility beyond standardization and clinical equivalence. Workflow improvements offered by this system can aid laboratories in achieving more predictable turnaround times, reducing reporting duties, and allowing staff to concentrate on essential lab operations.

Every lab, irrespective of its size, grapples with significant challenges arising from labor shortages. These range from ensuring reliable test results to facilitating predictable care, protecting staff, securing data, and achieving environmental objectives. The Atellica CI Analyzer from Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, Germany) enables both standalone labs and satellite labs of wider health networks to access the same reagents, consumables, and intelligent software as the company's flagship Atellica Solution, but now in a compact 1.9 square meters footprint ideal for smaller laboratories. Labs with low to medium testing volumes will appreciate the competitive edge offered by the Atellica CI Analyzer, including improved turnaround time predictability, advanced reporting functionality, and robust safety and security measures.

Designed with standout capabilities, the Atellica CI Analyzer maximizes downtime usage and bolsters lab efficiency and profitability. Features like random access sampling, micro-volume aspiration, and automatic scheduling for maintenance and quality control enable labs to deliver more predictable sample turnaround times. The independent operation of chemistry and immunoassay engines ensures that throughput isn't compromised if one of the two needs to be halted. In addition to producing patient results, labs also need to meet reporting requirements, address cybersecurity, and achieve staff satisfaction goals. The Atellica CI Analyzer comes with the Atellica Laboratory Evaluation Suite to provide inspection-ready reports, helping labs meet accreditation guidelines without requiring additional software and allowing laboratory staff to redirect their efforts toward other important lab operations. Increased security measures are also available, including user authentication, role-based authorizations, and audit trails. With a planned menu of over 200 assays spanning 20 disease states, each lab in a health network can select the best tests for its patient population, fulfilling clinical needs that might otherwise be unmet. More than 50 key assays can produce results in less than 14 minutes.

"Workflow standardization and clinical equivalence are critical components of a successful laboratory operation within a health network. The Atellica CI Analyzer elevates laboratory operations to a new level of agility," said Sharon Bracken, head of Diagnostics for Siemens Healthineers. "Labs today need testing instrumentation and informatics that can easily keep pace with rapidly changing testing demands as they occur. This next-generation laboratory analyzer anticipates workflow bottlenecks, mitigates them proactively, and delivers insights based on data that help laboratory staff do their job more effectively and efficiently."

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