Alleviating Laboratory Staff Shortages through LIS Automation: Facts and Stats
Laboratory testing is a crucial component of healthcare services, providing clinicians with critical information for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients. However, from demand for laboratory testing increasing to tech and labor burnout is leading to a shortage of laboratory staff. According to a survey by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), 57% of laboratories experienced staffing shortages in 2020, up from 43% in 2017. These shortages can lead to longer turnaround times, errors, and delays in patient care.
One potential solution to this problem is implementing a laboratory information system (LIS) automation. LIS automation refers to using computerized systems to manage and analyze laboratory data, including test results, patient information, and quality control data. By automating routine tasks and streamlining workflows, a LIS can reduce the workload of laboratory staff, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
Here are some ways LIS automation can help alleviate staff shortages in laboratories:
1. Increased Efficiency
LIS automation can automate routine tasks such as data entry, result interpretation, and report generation, allowing laboratory staff to focus on more complex tasks. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, LIS automation resulted in a 17% increase in laboratory efficiency.
2. Improved Accuracy
LIS automation can reduce the risk of errors associated with manual data entry and result interpretation. According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Systems, LIS automation reduced the error rate in laboratory test result reporting from 2.6% to 0.7%.
Faster Turnaround Times
LIS automation can improve the speed at which laboratory test results are reported. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, LIS automation reduced the turnaround time for laboratory test results by 35%.
Increased TAT by 35%
LIS automation can reduce the need for manual labor, leading to cost savings. According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Systems, LIS automation led to a 30% reduction in labor costs.
Overall, LIS automation has the potential to alleviate staff shortages in laboratories by improving efficiency, accuracy, and speed while reducing costs. As laboratory demand continues to increase, the implementation of LIS automation can help ensure that patients receive high-quality care in a timely manner.
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