Why Labs Need Interactive Digital Tools to Handle Rapid Change
Gone are the days when clinical labs had to rarely or with long timeframes make changes to the configuration of their workspaces. Today, frequent and rapid change to clinical lab workspaces is the rule and not the exception.
Skilled labor shortages. Rapid advances in assay development and authorization. Innovations in instrument technologies. Dynamic and variable demand for unpredictable volumes of tests. Changing requirements for sample and consumable storage environments. Evolving safety standards and protocols.
Lab operations managers are facing these challenges and more in the market, leading to a need for new ways to manage and configure labs. With constant change and new requirements, lab operations and configurations must be prepared to adapt. Lab managers need to plan for frequent and sometimes rapid change and be ready to balance automation and human workflow trade-offs.
Digital planning and visualization tools, including augmented and virtual reality, have emerged to help with the lab updating and planning process. These tools have simplified the process and reduced cycle time, allowing for rapid simulation of changes in physical and functional layouts. They also enable multiple constituents to collaborate and evaluate new ideas without disrupting current workflows.
The digital transformation of lab design and planning has reduced costs and improved scalability, from working with single-room labs to multiple lab locations. Digital solutions have proven to be essential in an innovative approach to lab design, with a focus on simplicity, flexibility, and extensibility.