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The impact of automation on organizational changes in a community hospital clinical microbiology laboratory.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15316298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The diagnosis of infectious diseases and the role of the microbiology laboratory are currently undergoing a process of change. The need for overall efficiency in providing results is now given the same importance as accuracy. This means that laboratories must be able to produce quality results in less time with the capacity to interpret the results clinically. To improve the clinical impact of microbiology results, the new challenge facing the microbiologist has become one of process management instead of pure analysis. A proper project management process designed to improve workflow, reduce analytical time, and provide the same high quality results without losing valuable time treating the patient, has become essential. Our objective was to study the impact of introducing automation and computerization into the microbiology laboratory, and the reorganization of the laboratory workflow, i.e. scheduling personnel to work shifts covering both the entire day and the entire week. In our laboratory, the introduction of automation and computerization, as well as the reorganization of personnel, thus the workflow itself, has resulted in an improvement in response time and greater efficiency in diagnostic procedures.
Authors:
Alessandro Camporese
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Le infezioni in medicina : rivista periodica di eziologia, epidemiologia, diagnostica, clinica e terapia delle patologie infettive     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1124-9390     ISO Abbreviation:  Infez Med     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-18     Completed Date:  2007-05-04     Revised Date:  2007-12-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9613961     Medline TA:  Infez Med     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  118-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Clinical Microbiology and Antibiotic Therapy Department, Azienda Ospedaliera S. Maria degli Angeli, Pordenone, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Automation
Bacteriological Techniques / instrumentation*,  statistics & numerical data
Blood / microbiology
Hospitals, Community / organization & administration*
Italy
Laboratories, Hospital / organization & administration*,  statistics & numerical data
Laboratory Techniques and Procedures / instrumentation,  statistics & numerical data
Medical Records Systems, Computerized
Microbial Sensitivity Tests / instrumentation
Time and Motion Studies
Urine / microbiology
Work Simplification
Workload

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