Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, Canada

When the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP), serving a group of hospitals in Ontario, Canada, wanted to improve and modernize their hematology workflow, they approached CellaVision for help to realize their ambition to create a networked, centralized service for morphological cell analysis. The result is an impressive solution that connects the workflows of five sites and has greatly improved efficiency as well as performance.

Executive Director David Langstaff oversaw the implementation process of Digital Cell Morphology in Hamilton.

- Since inconsistent and delayed results often translate to suboptimal patient care, we felt there was a strong need to implement a more intelligent approach to performing cell differentials.

- We invested in CellaVision’s technology as it enabled us to create a networked and centralized service for blood morphology connecting the workflows of our five laboratory sites. Before implementation, the sites had worked independently and developed different methods for performing and reporting blood and body fluid differentials. Samples taken from the same patient but analyzed at different sites could therefore not be reliably compared. And when challenging slides needed to be sent off-site for review by a senior technologist or a hematology expert, inefficient processes often resulted in prolonged turnaround times and delayed reporting.

Review before implementation of CellaVision
Review after implementation of CellaVision

- Today, using Digital Cell Morphology by CellaVision, samples are uniformly and consistently processed using CellaVision analyzers at all laboratory sites, however, morphological review and reporting has been centralized and is performed by a skilled team of morphologists based at one of the sites, David continues. - By leveraging automation, digital imaging and connectivity, we have improved our performance across the board, and can make the best use of available morphology expertise while boosting workflow efficiency, promoting consistency and managing cost.

Key operational benefits:
  • Turnaround times reduced by 39%
  • Improved detection of malignant cells
  • Improved utilization of morphology expertise
Solution:
  • Virtual consolidation of 6 laboratory sites
  • Sample processing performed on all sites using
  • CellaVision DM Analyzers
  • Centralized review and reporting from one core lab