New generation of coagulation analyzers is fully automated, and combines several technologies in the same instrument to perform wide range of different coagulation assays on a single or multiple samples at the same time.
Current technology allows a walkaway environment in which, after specimens and reagents are loaded and the testing sequence is initiated, the operator can move on to perform other tasks.
Over the years, no vendor has been able to shake off the combined 79 percent hold Stago (including Trinity) and Werfen have over the Indian market. And once Sysmex is also considered, at a combined 82 percent share, the other brands have a long way to go to make a dent in this segment.
The future of automation is driven by the need to do more with less, as lab budgets are reduced and staffing shortages increase.
New instrumentation has made coagulation testing more standardized, consistent, and cost effective. Automation has not advanced, however, to the point of making coagulation testing foolproof or an exact science.
The rising trend of laboratory automation and development of high-sensitivity analyzers for POC testing has provided the much needed impetus to the coagulation market.