There is more than one challenge labs face when introducing COVID-19 testing. These include handling highly contagious materials, choosing instruments that can identify the specific markers of the virus, operating under federal regulations (EUAs), satisfying logistical requirements, providing for lab safety and more. Asterian’s ArgoLIMS product line provides automation to aid in all of these areas.
Faster Turnaround | Smaller Lab Footprint | Higher Revenue
ArgoLIMS provides a paper-free environment that reduces the risk of viral infection from collection materials as they enter the lab. With an easy-to-use remote order entry system, collectors can quickly obtain samples, and send the orders to a lab electronically, where it can be received and tracked in ArgoLIMS.
REMOTE ORDER ENTRY
With an easy-to-use remote order entry system, collectors can quickly obtain samples, and send the orders to a lab electronically, where it can be received and tracked in ArgoLIMS until a report is sent to the ordering provider.
The ability to build manifests which detail the content of a carrier’s package provides a vital link between carrier tracking numbers and patient specimens. ArgoLIMS along with your own barcode reader can produce error-free electronic manifests that lets the laboratory manage the logistics of sample transportation.
Auto-accessioning means less mistakes – the information is only entered once, instead of being transcribed from a paper requisition. Auto-accessioning is safer – lab personnel do not need to handle possibly contaminated paperwork. Auto-accessioning is faster, allowing labs to move a samples into the testing process immediately, thus reducing sample to report turn-around time significantly.
Asterian can provide integration with the instruments and processes you plan to operate under. Using barcodes from initial collection through specimen receipt, aliquoting, and extraction. Equipped with auto-accessioning, this action creates the internal work order for testing in a true Just-In-Time fashion and prepares for the extraction and eventual testing of the sample.
Using tools such as Asterian’s supercharged reporting, qualified laboratory personnel can release hundreds of results at a time, in order to meet the high level of demand and emphasis on the rapid delivery of results.
ArgoLIMS scaled to meet the demand of its customers for COVID testing. This included novel remote order entry, visual plate mapping, turbo reporting for handling hundreds of results at a time, integration with multiple state’s reporting systems, and integration with a large chain of nationwide hospitals that operate within a Cerner environment. Asterian accomplished this within a 90 day window.
The patient portal is available for viewing results, and providing PDF reports directly to the patient by PC, tablet, or phone.
The provider portal is available for tracking the progress of sample testing, and providing PDF reports directly to the provider by PC, tablet, or phone. ArgoLIMS can provide integration with hospital management systems such as Cerner to provide critical care facilities with an easy path to ordering tests and receiving results. Integrating with any EHR to deliver discrete results and high quality embedded report using HL7 protocol.
In only a few short months, Asterian has dramatically increased the capacity and functionality of its software. Asterian met the needs of its customers by increasing the efficiency of their labs, moving from hundreds of COVID samples per day to 15,000 per day. Having short lead times on the critical components needed in your lab can make or break your business. From this need, many of ArgoLIMS best features are now available to anyone adopting it for their laboratory.
ArgoLIMS leverages the resources of Amazon Web Services to provide scalability to every lab. This means you can start small and stay small or grow to national prominence. Our backend infrastructure can handle your needs without any discussion of adding servers, increasing backup capacity, or hiring additional IT resources. Asterian uses the latest in native cloud computing to provide significant reductions in downtime associated with IT-related problems. Using software first pioneered by Facebook, the ArgoLIMS product can be updated as needed without scheduling downtime in the lab, resulting in more time for handling the high demand of COVID testing.
Asterian’s Supercharged Reporting Engine allows qualified laboratory personnel to release hundreds of results with a single button push.