Case Study: A Model of Workflow Optimization and Staff Utilization
Swedish Hospital, Illinois, USA
When Swedish Hospital faced rising healthcare costs and a technologist shortage, its multidisciplinary lab started a steady course of investment to improve workflows and better utilize medically trained and nontechnical staff. Today, a powerful combination of diagnostic innovation, advanced data management practices, and total laboratory automation enables the lab to do less but accomplish more.
Serving a multicultural population of more than 2.7 million people speaking 40 different languages on the northwest side of Chicago, Swedish Hospital serves its community with a Level 2 trauma center, general and open-heart surgeries, two birthing units, in- and outpatient oncology care, mental health services, hospice care, and community outreach programs. CAP has consistently ranked Swedish Hospital’s lab among the top 10% for cost-effectiveness, turnaround times (TAT), and specimen acceptability in peer comparisons from 2000 to 2020.
1100 lab samples/day
1.4 million lab tests/year
50,400 ER visits/year
65 FTE lab staff (37% trained medical technologists)
285,780 outpatient visits/year
Standardized Processes with Atellica Data Manager
Can laboratory IT software make a significant difference in a lab that is already reaping the workflow benefits of technologically advanced diagnostic analyzers and total laboratory automation? Atellica® Data Manager is helping Swedish Hospital’s lab achieve new levels of efficiency.*
High efficiency, great turnaround time, simplicity, and all without increasing stress on my techs. In fact, [Atellica Data Manager] has lowered the stress for my techs. Our techs aren’t mentally or physically exhausted at the end of the day. As a manager, that’s important to me.
Innovations in Data Management (01:31)
Enhanced QC Management (01:06)
Integrated Clinical Decision Support (00:54)
Next-level Efficiency with Atellica Solution
How can a diagnostic analyzer make a significant difference in a lab that is also reaping the workflow benefits of inte-grated IT and total laboratory automation? Swedish Hospital is also achieving new levels of efficiency* for chemistry and immunoassay testing with Atellica® Solution.
A Multifaceted Solution (00:59)
Advanced Data Management (01:46)
This case study examines how Atellica Solution, Aptio Automation, and Atellica Data Manager have helped to simplify operations and enable Swedish Hospital to transform into a model laboratory for workflow optimization and staff satisfaction. A powerful combination of diagnostic innovation, advanced data management practices, and total laboratory automation—refined over more than decade—enables the lab to do less but accomplish more.
- What has delivered new levels of efficiency?
- What is their secret for quality?
- What were the keys to success?
- What are their plans for the future?
- Validating results in the middleware
- The impact of automation on operational efficiency
- Increasing staff focus, engagement, and motivation
- Speed TAT for critical tests.
- Simplify QC management.
- Save time and reduce work.
- Create room in a space-constrained lab.
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*The outcomes obtained by the Siemens Healthineers customer described here were realized in the customer’s unique setting. Since there is no typical laboratory, and many variables exist, there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.