The laboratory testing is moving toward consolidation across different segments. Factors, such as acquisitions, better connectivity, centralized testing, wider ranges of tests, etc., have contributed to this phenomenon. Hence the challenges for the modern-age laboratory have also changed, and now involve processing very large volume of samples while lowering the turnaround time.
Hematology testing has also come of age, and has become the mainstay of laboratories across segments. Over the years, their roles have evolved from being used merely for counting cells to now assisting the pathologists in clinical decision making with enumeration and flagging of abnormal cells, and now enabling greater efficiency with middle ware, automated slide maker, workload optimization, and capability to share the results over web interface. These features enable these cell counters to meet the demands of the modern laboratories that expect accurate results, lower turnaround time, competitive cost per test, and seamless integration with their reporting infrastructure. Especially in the segment where the number of samples are very high, such as in corporate laboratories and hospitals, there is an eminent need for having a single integrated system, which can provide customized solution. Integration enables the laboratory to reduce the turnaround time, lower manual intervention, and increase the quality and consistency of the results. So, instead of having more number of standalone systems, these labs are now opting for integrated options, which enhance their overall efficiency.
Mindray’s Cellular Analysis Line (CAL) concept has been designed to help the customers in overcoming these challenges. The latest CAL 8000 and CAL 6000 systems provide very high processing speeds, 100-plus parameters, automated rules and decision capabilities, and slide making with flexible configurations, thus taking integration to the next level. In addition to that, the system equips the key decision makers to review the machine results and add further microscopic details on real-time basis, thus providing end-to-end integration and adding value to the laboratory’s workflow.
We are certain with the CAL system, we will be able to address the existing gaps and provide solutions which will revolutionize hematology testing, thus providing healthcare within reach.