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Siemens Healthineers launches next-gen hematology analyzers, workflow barriers removed to help patients get results faster

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | May 16, 2023 Business Affairs
Siemens Healthineers is now selling two new solutions for high-volume hematology testing, the Atellica HEMA 570 Analyzer1 and the Atellica HEMA 580 Analyzer.1 Vital to patient care, the complete blood count (CBC) is among the most performed diagnostic tests in the lab and often provides the first indication of illness in a patient. Physicians depend on the lab to deliver critical hematology information reliably. Traditionally, hematology testing is complex, time-sensitive, and requires experienced laboratory staff to evaluate results before physicians receive them. Broad use of CBC testing and increasing staff shortages affect the lab's ability to rapidly review and release patients' test results. The Atellica HEMA 570 and Atellica HEMA 580 Analyzers offer integrated automation and intelligence to break down barriers that hinder workflow efficiency and produce patient results faster.

"We hear from labs that they need agility, reliability, and speed," said Sharon Bracken, Head of Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers. "The Atellica HEMA analyzers combine workflow improvements with demonstrated technology to bring hematology testing into the future. We're delivering the breakthroughs labs need to produce quality patient results faster."

Turnaround time expectations for routine CBCs in hospital or critical care settings often are one hour or less. For STATs, target turnaround times are ideally less than 10 minutes. The Atellica HEMA 570 and Atellica HEMA 580 Analyzers can produce a throughput of up to 120 tests per hour. Their user-friendly designs significantly reduce time-consuming daily maintenance2 while supporting rapid reagent changes.

The most vulnerable patients—oncology, renal, and neonatal, for example—require hematology testing to monitor progress and inform care adjustments. Small variations in patient results can be critical if not flagged, or if incorrectly interpreted. Hematology expertise in the lab is disappearing due to a shrinking labor pool. The Atellica HEMA 570 and Atellica HEMA 580 Analyzers employ advanced data management capabilities to mitigate the expertise gap and empower staff of any skill level during result interpretations.

To save time and provide physicians information faster, normal results—those that do not violate pre-established criteria—are released directly into a laboratory information system via the analyzers' rules-based auto validation capability. Abnormalities are flagged and coded by severity to clearly indicate which patient samples require a technician's closer attention. When results require follow-up actions such as dilutions or slide reviews, standardized guidance can be displayed to ensure that staff perform next steps in accordance with lab protocols.

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