Henry Ford Health System Enhances Patient Care Through Lab Automation Partnership


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Automation of the Henry Ford Health System Pathology and Laboratory Medicine department allows the organization to serve more patients with higher efficiency.

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Henry Ford Health System Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Detroit announced a partnership with Beckman Coulter, Inc. that enhances and streamlines operations by fully automating the Henry Ford Hospital laboratory and modernizes equipment at 12 other Henry Ford locations.

The new system speeds up the testing process so that Henry Ford personnel can provide larger numbers of patients and providers with same-day results. It also provides for expanding the department’s capacity in the future.

The enhancements are designed to increase the efficiency of Henry Ford laboratories, which already comprise one of the largest networks of integrated laboratories in the country, producing over 30 million diagnostic reports each year.

“Henry Ford Health System Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is already one of the world’s leading lean-managed laboratory enterprises, because of our highly engaged and accountable workforce,” says Dr. Richard Zarbo, chairman of Henry Ford Health System Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. "When it comes to test results or a diagnosis, patients and their families want answers they can trust, and they want them as quickly as possible. Becoming fully automated adds to our ability to deliver on both of these needs."

The new system operates like an assembly line, with automated equipment at Henry Ford Hospital delivering bar-coded samples to appropriate stations within the lab. From there, laboratory personnel perform clinically-needed tests before transporting samples to a storage area for automatic retrieval.

Henry Ford Health System Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is expected to interact directly with 604,000 people in outpatient settings during 2017, in addition to six outpatient hospitals and 28 medical centers. Henry Ford laboratories also provide clinical testing for patients from several other health systems throughout southeastern Michigan and the Midwest.

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