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Why Labs Need Interactive Digital Tools to Handle Rapid Change

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By Gavin Finn, Ph.D., President & CEO
Lab Design Tool
Kaon’s lab design tool.

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.

These are some of the challenges that lab operations managers and clinical directors are now facing—many of these changes in the markets are driving immediate requirements for new thinking in how labs are organized, configured, and updated. Rather than creating laboratory layouts and designs that are fixed, or at best difficult to change, it is now imperative to consider the current configuration of labs as only that—the current state, rather than the permanent state. It is clear that lab operations, configurations, and workflows will be subject to the inevitability of swift and regular modification. How, then, can managers prepare and adapt?