Patient safety is very important … we are constantly going back to our blocks … being able to locate them in a timely manner and track them is the most important thing.
To better achieve their goal of providing accurate patient diagnoses in a timely manner and reduce the frustration and inefficiency of their manual archiving system, TJUH lab supervisor, Sue Paturzo, decided to implement the Arcos™ Tissue Block Management System by Epredia™. Since implementing Arcos, the TJUH team has saved approximately 2,132 hours annually, resulting in a cost savings of $51,168.
Since 2017 we are using digital archiving technology from Dreampath for our blocks and in 2019 for slides. The key improvements with FINA and CRYSTAL have been: – We have eliminated the errors – Optimized the space – Maximal security for the samples – Optimized the time of our technicians – Significantly reduced the stress of our personnel related to the management of samples In 2019 we implemented fully Digital Pathology in 100% of our activity with Philipps. CRYSTAL helped massively in this process as we have increased the traceability of the slides. When we need to scan or re-scan slides we know exactly where they are and we accelerate the whole slide scanning process. It’s a perfect and necessary complement for Digital pathology. We are proud to be one of the first 100% fully digitalized labs in the World
Since launching the ARCOS block archiving system, the team have all noticed the improvements to the block traceability, workflow and benefits of the time savings. In further advancement in technology, their plan is that staff released by this investment will be used towards the plan of progressing to digital pathology. They have also recognized that research is able to benefit from being able to access required blocks far more quickly and with more traceability. Pathologists, Research Scientists, Clinicians and importantly patients have a shared interest in this optimized traceability of paraffin blocks in order to enable complete and timely diagnosis – helped by the ARCOS archiving system
“…we have witnessed a profound revolution to our laboratory.” This automatic and traceable system has not only secured the precious and large amount of blocks and slides in our lab, but also alleviated our workload of archiving by approximately 70%, which liberates us from the repetitive tasks we were used to and frees up more time for our individual and organizational development. Meanwhile, the system is quite user friendly and easy to learn for our technicians. We all like it!”