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Improving Lab Processes through Inter-laboratory Comparison

Inter-laboratory data management and peer group reporting allows laboratories to effectively manage, interpret and compare Quality Controls data to other laboratories using the same QC

Anyone working in a clinical laboratory will understand the importance of performing External Quality Assessments (EQA) to retrospectively assess analytical performance. EQA is vital in the detection, reduction and correction of deficiencies in a laboratory’s internal analytical process, which is critical in ensuring accurate patient diagnosis. Run in conjunction with Internal Quality Controls (IQC), which assesses day-to-day performance, it’s not unreasonable to believe you are carrying out a robust assessment of performance. However, acceptable EQA performance on the day of analysis will not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of future laboratory test results, particularly as EQA is often performed infrequently or at irregular intervals. Running controls on the same machines only gives a limited picture of the performance of that instrument and won’t account for gradual changes in test systems caused by reagent/calibrator reformulations, standardisation changes or instrument software changes.

Assessing Performance
Inter-laboratory data management and peer group reporting allows laboratories to effectively manage, interpret and compare Quality Controls data to other laboratories using the same QC. When conducted via webbased software, such as Randox’s Acusera 24.7 Live Online, you have an easy-to-use yet comprehensive platform on which laboratories can monitor and analyse daily control data and compare peer group statistics. It can:
• Identify any trends, system errors or reagent issues as soon as they arise
• Improve EQA performance eliminating any undetected bias
• Help your laboratory gain accreditation and meet regulatory requirements
• Minimise false rejections whilst maintaining high error detection through the use of multi-rule QC procedures • Ensure confidence in assigned target values

Through access to peer group data generated from over 20,000 laboratory participants worldwide, labs can quickly and easily identify trends, system errors and reagent issues, minimising expensive repeat tests and the need for unnecessary troubleshooting. Acusera 24.7 Live Online is designed to complement the Acusera range of third-party Quality Controls and will automatically analyse all Quality Control data, applying user defined QC multi-rules. In summary:
Online access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – Whether in the lab, office, at home or even on vacation, with 24.7 Live Online QC data can be accessed at a time and place that is convenient for you.
No need for local installation – The web-based nature of Acusera 24.7 Live Online makes it the perfect solution for affiliated laboratory groups and laboratory chains.
Effectively monitory laboratory performance – A comprehensive range of detailed reports available including interactive Levey-Jennings and Histograms which help to identify trends or bias.

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