Automation at North Oaks Medical Center

In early 2012, North Oaks Medical Center, located in Hammond, La., became the first hospital on the Northshore of New Orleans to automate its laboratory to achieve rapid, secure processing of specimens drawn in the hospital or clinic settings. Lab automation eliminates many of the manual steps previously necessary to process lab results. Use of bar code technology safeguards that the correct tests are run for the correct patient. The end result is that lab results are processed and reported to physicians more quickly so that proper diagnosis and treatment for their patients can be determined.

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