CentraLink rules created to govern algorithm-driven testing, result-based workflows, and/or automated QC evaluations can do more than simply generate a flag which requires staff to intervene or initiate a next step. As part of an Aptio® Automation solution, the CentraLink system can drive automated next steps in sample management:
- Automated sample retrieval reduced add-on testing TAT from 6 to 2 hours at Australian Clinical Labs in Victoria, Australia.†
- TAT improved 61% for add-on tests at National Health Service Tayside in Dundee, U.K.†
- Reflex and add-on tests ordered via the HIS/LIS at North Memorial Health Care in Robbinsville, MN, are automatically retrieved from refrigerated storage and sent for analysis with no operator intervention†.
How it works:
CentraLink Data Management System integrates clinical data to automate lab workflow. When a QC failure occurs, the CentraLink system can automatically disable assay-specific testing on the instrument in question and immediately reroute samples to perform the required testing on another instrument on the Aptio Automation track. Likewise, when reflex testing is triggered or orders for add-on tests are received from the LIS, samples connected to the Aptio Automation track can be automatically retrieved and processed. Importantly, the ability to deeply integrate data from connected instruments and automation modules means that viability algorithms that include time of collection, time of centrifugation, storage time, etc., may be used to determine if the add-on tests will be clinically significant. If not, the middleware can alert the operator that a new sample draw may be required.