The Clinical Laboratory Of The Future: Can Technology Fill The Gaps?
Clinical laboratories in the US and Europe are facing pressure from all sides as budget cuts and staffing shortages compete with a growing demand for ever-more-sophisticated lab tests to serve an aging population. As a result, lab directors are seeking innovative ways to improve efficiency and do more with less, and those goals are driving innovation in technology-based solutions such as laboratory automation and informatics. These solutions are increasingly becoming integrated into the total laboratory process – encompassing not only sample analysis, but also up- and downstream workflows – paving the way for the fully integrated, automated lab of the future.
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