Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Lab Robots Help Hospital

NUH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital labs to automate with robotic technology
By Julia Ng, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: By year's end, you wouldn't have to wait long to get your test results from the National University Hospital (NUH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

The two hospitals are automating their laboratories with robotic technology.

The automation - which costs $14m - will make these two labs the most sophisticated in the region, boasting the first automation line in the area to integrate chemistry, haematology, immunochemistry and coagulation tests.
The laboratories at NUH and TTSH handle over 5,000 samples every day, churning out the results between one and three hours.

Faster lab results mean patients now get their test reports in half the time.

The automation also relieves hospital staff of mundane administration work. - CNA/ir



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