Introduction: Clinical laboratories need to respond to the challenges of reducing manpower and decreasing the turnaround time by simplifying the process of report release. This can be achieved by building an autoverification (AV) system in the clinical chemistry laboratory.
Aims and objectives:
• To establish the criteria for AV.
• To know the proportion of tests or the sample load which is autoverifiable.
• To compare advantages and disadvantages of AV.
Materials and methods: A descriptive observational study was conducted on test results in clinical chemistry laboratory of Sir Sayajirao General Hospital and Medical College, Vadodara, India, from April 15 to July 15, 2016. At the end of the day, all reports were analyzed and the ones autoverifiable along with their percentage were calculated.
Results and observations: In our laboratory, percentage of autoverifiable reports was found to be between 71 and 89% for various parameters.
Conclusion: Although AV is a complex task, the outcome is absolutely worth the effort. Autoverification, if properly integrated into laboratory information system (LIS), is very fast as compared with the manual verification done by skilled laboratory medical biochemists. Implementation of AV not only decreases the turnaround time but also leads to more consistent verification of test results as all results go through the same process before being released.
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