Reducing Manual Steps, Improving Turnaround Times, and Creating a Lean Laboratory Environment: ISD Testing on the Dimension® Integrated Chemistry Systems

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AUSTIN, Texas (July 15, 2011) — Among the challenges facing the clinical laboratory environment in the past 10 years are significant medical technologist vacancy rates, increased competition, and a significant number of opportunities to inadvertently make testing errors. With such macroeconomic challenges the industry has used a variety of methods, including Lean quality management, to identify ways to increase productivity, decrease costs, and become more efficient at generating test results.

A newly-published Lab Products Review, “Reducing Manual Steps, Improving Turnaround Times, and Creating a Lean Laboratory Environment: ISD Testing on the Dimension® Integrated Chemistry Systems,” describes a study that evaluated the feasibility of creating a Lean environment for immunosuppressant drug (ISD) testing in the routine laboratory. ISD testing is an area of laboratory testing in which Lean principles have not been broadly addressed. Published by The Dark Report and Dark Daily, it is available free to laboratory professionals as a PDF download: http://darkdaily.com/laboratory-product-reviews/reducing-manual-steps-improving-turnaround-times-and-creating-a-lean-laboratory-environment-isd-testing-on-the-dimension-integrated-chemistry-systems-070811.

Readers will learn how to adopt Lean quality management methods designed to increase productivity and efficiency, how to identify inefficient processes or tasks, and how to create a Lean environment for ISD monitoring in the routine laboratory setting.

Nexus Global Solutions, a third-party consulting firm that specializes in performance improvement for product developers (healthcare corporations) and end-users (laboratories), conducted the analysis. Nexus’ study objectively evaluated the advantages of the Dimension® Integrated Chemistry Systems from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, a family of instruments that are making efficiency strides in the area of ISD testing.

This Lab Products Review is tailored to hospital executives, laboratory administrators, and others who make laboratory purchasing decisions. These decision makers should be sure to study this in-depth report before buying ISD testing equipment to ensure that they make the most cost-effective and most efficient purchase.

The paper’s author, Tim Baker, Chem. E, MBA, Lean Certified, Six Sigma Green Belt Managing Partner, Nexus Global Solutions Inc., has more than 38 years of management and engineering experience. For the past 12 years, Mr. Baker has led numerous performance improvement engagements within the health care diagnostic industry.

This Lab Products Review, “Reducing Manual Steps, Improving Turnaround Times, and Creating a Lean Laboratory Environment: ISD Testing on the Dimension® Integrated Chemistry Systems,” is part of the Dark Daily Resource Center which has a growing library of White Papers and other information resources tailored specifically for the needs of laboratory administrators, lab managers, pathologists, and lab industry consultants.

For additional information, Contact: Ron Martin, 512-264-7103

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Established in 1995, The Dark Report is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely-read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The Dark Report produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by The Dark Report are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals), Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). The Dark Report co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.

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