With uniform laboratory processes come measurable improvements in testing quality and efficiency.
Often, technicians require training on a number of workflows to ensure they can run all the tests a laboratory offers. Having all tests run the same way, makes accuracy, efficiency and consistent turnaround times the norm. Regardless of lab location or size, a universal approach enables optimized resource management, minimizing the testing impact of staff shortages or absences. It is for this reason the Molecular Work Area standardizes every part of the testing workflow—from how samples are handled by staff, to how tests are run and how results are delivered.
The Molecular Work Area eliminates extensive, test-specific training with a common user interface, a shared reagent concept, and a range of standalone or connected solution configurations.
Common approaches to molecular instrumentation, testing, and patient management can be important to ensure consistent care. Immunocompromised transplant recipients, for instance, are at risk of major complications when infected with Epstein-Barr or BK viruses. Standardized testing could allow patient results to be compared across laboratories and institutions to improve clinical decision-making and help healthcare professionals assess if transplant patients are at risk of developing disease, which can contribute to organ rejection.
As the broader healthcare environment continues to change, laboratories that embrace standardization can establish themselves as the foundation on which future policies, procedures and best practices are built.