People versus Machines?
Intelligent incorporation of automated technologies into pathology laboratories will improve service provision by complementing – not replacing – a highly skilled workforce
Simon Rattenbury |
At a Glance
- Although it has been used for some time in other disciplines, automation is a recent entry into the race for better microbiology
- Not only can it take the pressure off strained staff, but it can also provide certain answers that are faster or more accurate than the manual equivalents
- It can’t be used in isolation, though; human beings must review and assess the results of automated laboratory tests
- Only with thoughtful application of automation, continuous support by industry, and appropriate investment in the human workforce can microbiology services improve
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