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Sunquest Information Systems (Tucson, Arizona) and Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pennsylvania), reported significant workflow improvements through the successful implementation and integration of Sunquest's Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) and the Copan WASP: Walk-Away Specimen Processor for planting and streaking of clinical microbiology specimens.

Geisinger, Sunquest and Copan Diagnostics (Murrieta, California) worked collaboratively on this solution for transferring patient and order data from the enterprise system to the lab system and then to the WASP.

Since implementing the solution in June, Geisinger said it has achieved labor savings by automating specimen processing through the use of barcoding, robotics, and computerization.

"Geisinger is excited to be the first healthcare services provider to integrate our laboratory information system and workflow to achieve this level of automation for processing select microbiology specimens," said Paul Bourbeau, PhD, director of microbiology, Geisinger Medical Laboratories at Geisinger Medical Center.

"While these processes are commonplace in chemistry and hematology labs, this is the first time these techniques are available in a clinical microbiology lab. We anticipate additional benefits from this automation as we expand the types of specimens that are processed by the WASP."