Hamad Medical Corporation launches new laboratory automation system at Hamad General Hospital

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Published April 3rd, 2016 - 04:21 GMT
During the event
During the event

A new Laboratory Automation System has today been officially opened in Hamad General Hospital (HGH) by H.E. Dr. Hanan Mohamad Al Kuwari, The Minister of Public Health.

The new Laboratory Automation System handles and analyzes large volume specimens and can accommodate up to 96,000 tests a day. The computerized control system allows more functionality such as quality control monitoring, the auto verification of results and the ability to collect data for further improvements.

“The new automated system will improve efficiencies, reduce the turnaround times for tests to be returned and more importantly, ensure that high quality patient safety is maintained thanks to the automation process,” said H.E. Dr. Hanan Mohamad Al Kuwari.

“This is another example that shows HMC’s commitment to improving the care patients receive by developing excellence in healthcare in Qatar through high quality and an efficiency of service, something that was recently recognized when HMC became the first healthcare system across the globe to have all of its hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) under the Academic Medical Centre program.”

The new system, which has now been in place since September 2015 also allows add-on orders to be completed electronically without human intervention and includes a wide storage compartment with a capacity of 15,000 tubes for storing varied specimens. This extra capacity is proving very useful when coping with the high number of blood test requests received from all over the country.

“As the population grows we are receiving more and more requests for tests and this type of analyzer allows us to perform up to 110 different types. The new system ensures we provide a very efficient service for our patients and our external partners such as the Army clinic, Police clinic, Medical Commission, Qatar Petroleum, Aspetar Hospital, Primary Health Center and Private Hospitals. This also means we can reduce the time it takes for tests to be competed from 24 hours to an average of three hours for routine orders” said Dr. Ajayab Al Nabet, Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory, Medicine and Pathology at HGH.

“We are very proud to be the first laboratory in Qatar to use such a highly efficient automated system.” she added.

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Hamad Medical Corporation

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.

For more than four decades, HMC has been dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all its patients.

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