Automate Where Possible
Automation likely offers the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to lab efficiency. The demand for laboratory services is increasing at a rate that outpaces the number of trained laboratory scientists and technicians. Automation technology can help bridge this gap by streamlining data entry, specimen preparation, results reporting, and other pre-analytic and post-analytic tasks. That’s why investing in automation can free laboratorians to focus their valuable time on higher-priority and more specialized tasks.
The BioFire® FilmArray® System, for example, automates several processes for infectious disease diagnostics. Running a panel requires only two minutes of hands-on time without precise measuring or pipetting. The sample is automatically analyzed, and results are reported in an easy-to-read format.
Furthermore, each multiplex PCR BioFire® FilmArray® Panel tests for a broad range of possible pathogens in one quick test. This syndromic testing approach increases the chances of identifying a pathogen the first time with one test, eliminating the need for reflex testing to cover the possible pathogenic causes.