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Thomson Hospital Installs New Automation System To Help Speed Up Time On Blood Tests

Thomson Hospital Installs New Automation System To Help Speed Up Time On Blood Tests

It can cut the time to process samples by 30%.

Hakim Hassan

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Thomson recently launched their automated laboratory systems which will help increase efficiency in conducting blood tests and reduce the risks of human error which would help doctors better diagnose their patients.

TMC Life Sciences Berhad Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer Wan Nadiah Binti Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob said that this would help reduce the time to process samples by 30% and reduce the dependency on labour which can be redistributed back to do more high-value and productive tasks.

What we’re trying to do with the lab is really to make it a lot more efficient, a lot more accurate, and a lot more cost-effective which will have an impact to improve patient care and patient experience. Because, I think laboratory tests are the most basic tools that any doctors will use to actually diagnose and treat a patient. So I think that it’s really important that any hospital, including ours, would really work towards achieving the best that we can in terms of laboratory and diagnostics.

TMC Life Sciences Berhad Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob to TechTRP

Advanced tech for better care

The installation of the automated system is a collaboration between the hospital and American medical equipment manufacturer Abbott.

Nadiah said that they are the first private hospital in the country to use the system, and mentioned that they will be looking to improve the system as time goes on.

The system makes it possible to save time, she added, which allows the hospital to test more blood samples and help the overall medical care process.

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When you cut down the time, that means you can handle more patients and more samples in the same amount of time, so we obviously can see better productivity and efficiency. The quality and the test and reducing the errors and interventions would make clinical practice a lot better.

TMC Life Sciences Berhad Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob to TechTRP

The machine is called AlinIQ Analyzer Management System (AMS), a scalable solution that can connect any analyzer or automation system to the Laboratory Information System (LIS), to better manage the flow of data throughout the entire workflow process.

According to their brochure, Abbott says that it helps medical institutions to drive and enable standarised decision-making, reduce overall errors, alleviate staff shortage impacts and significantly reduce operational costs.

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Thomson looks to serve more patients moving forward

Thomson has always been a women’s and children’s hospital, but in the last five years, they have grown as a tertiary subspecialty hospital because there’s a need in the community.

There’s a lot of development in Sungai Buloh, Rawang, Kota Damansara… And we just completed the expansion of our building. With the capacity of 556 beds, that makes us one of the largest private hospitals in Malaysia. Our aim is to really provide the best standard of care, make that care accessible to people, [and] work on our quality and productivity so we can serve as many people as possible in the most efficient way.

TMC Life Sciences Berhad Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob to TechTRP

Looking to the future, Nadiah said that the business will be looking at expanding more services, improving the quality of current services, introducing new technologies, opening up more beds and providing healthcare beyond Klang Valley.

She also mentioned that they’re looking to collaborate with insurance companies to make it more accessible for patients.

Locally, Nadiah said that Thomson is currently building a hospital in Johor Bahru and outside of Malaysia, she said that the medical care provider is currently operating in Singapore, but they’re looking at markets like Vietnam and Indonesia as potential countries to venture into in the future.

Looking at the performance of their TMC Fertility clinics, she said that it has shown promising signs that they might be able to expand on that business as well in the future.

Currently, Thomson has 6 clinics in the country.


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