Creating multidisciplinary integration through automation and IT
Increasing cost pressures in healthcare means that laboratories need to do everything they can to enhance efficiency and reduce expenses. As a result, integrating lab automation with IT solutions to simplify operations is crucial, reducing manual reliance and maximizing patient safety.
At Roche Diagnostics, our vision is to empower laboratories to manage the future by streamlining how labs are designed and simplifying equipment and processes. We have already pioneered the integration of clinical chemistry and immunochemistry by creating the concept of the ‘Serum Work Area’ in 1999 as well as introducing modular pre-analytics, fully automating the processing of primary samples from centrifugation to archiving.
We have now expanded the core lab by consolidating and integrating a wider range of platforms covering other disciplines that include molecular diagnostics and point of care, as well as STAT testing, specialty testing in coagulation, hematology and urinalysis. We want to expand available testing to offer an even broader range of diagnostic information – all within a single automated system. A fully Integrated Core Lab means every component is designed to work together as one, expanding the efficiency, scope and quality of diagnostic capabilities.
“By consolidating and integrating laboratory processes, we are enabling a vast array of testing that gives answers to life’s critical challenges across the healthcare continuum.” Yousseff Khayali, LifeCycle Leader Workflow and IT Solutions.
Integrating multiple disciplines and IT are essential
We are working to expand our workflow automation and IT portfolio to help customers meet the challenges of heightened regulation and increasing workload volumes due to lab consolidation. Our workflow & IT solutions provide healthcare IT and laboratory automation solutions to support workflow optimization, helping enhance clinical processes.
The goal is to automate processes throughout the lab, helping maximize predictability of time to test results, by eliminating the need for staff to carry samples from one place to the next. Our cobas IT solutions help handle these steps through adaptive workflow management, which improves turnaround time and traceability of processes. The entire solution is designed to make the pieces work flawlessly together.
As the global leader in automation1, Roche developed the cobas® connection modules (CCM) - automation solutions that connect across all lab areas, designed specifically for high-throughput laboratories to ensure everything works together as one. This includes multidisciplinary connectivity, linking Molecular Diagnostics and Urinalysis with the complete test profile to the core lab. CCM improves quality with a unique high-definition camera to check serum indices of the samples, helping save costs on reagents and improving test accuracy.
The brains behind Roche’s automation is our cobas IT solutions – browser-based applications with scalable modules that are designed to manage complex lab processes and give sample testing and results data an efficient and transparent flow. Three main areas of lab operations become automated: pre-analytics, analytics and post analytics – even extending automation to ordering, blood collection, validation and reporting.
As healthcare systems evolve and healthcare professionals and clinicians’ expectations rise, Roche’s automation and IT solutions continue to provide what our customers need.
Roche solutions ensure simpler processes, fast clinical outcomes, high predictability, quick turnaround time, increased traceability, full process control, and all while delivering excellent quality levels, which benefit our customers and patients.
1. Worldwide IVD Laboratory Automation Market Review 2015. Boston Biomedical Consultants.