January 24, 2007: William Neeley, MD
The selection of laboratory automation and instrumentation is a major decision and financial commitment for any laboratory. It is essential to carefully study and visit many sites with laboratory automation and instrumentation to aid in the development of a clear vision that accurately represents your goals and expectations. Without a clear vision, there is a very high probability that your expectations will not be met. Every major part of the automation and instrumentation systems should be carefully considered and carefully weighted to be sure the benefit versus cost is favorable. The correct selections can result in a marked improvement in quality, service, efficiency, satisfaction, and reduction in costs. Key criteria and strategies for selecting both laboratory automation and instrumentation are presented.