Around 80% of all diagnoses are based on blood analyses. Doctors waiting for results is often crucial; patients are waiting to hear what treatment is to come consequently suffering unbearable waiting time and occupying expensive bedtime.
In the hospital environment, the waiting time for blood test results can only be reduced by shortening the turn-around-time (TAT), - from the moment when the blood sample has been drawn until the result is available. By many professionals the turn-around-time is the process from when the sample arrives in the lab and until the result is available. However, this is not the total-turnaround-time (ToTAT). To get an accurate picture of the turn-around-time we need to focus on the time from when the sample is being drawn and until the result is delivered to the patient. Very important results are often victim of very slow transport time bringing the blood sample to the laboratory. When focusing on the turn-around-time only in the laboratory, the hospital is loosing important means to reduce the total turn-around-time when there is no focus on the processes on transporting samples to the laboratory and on to the analysis equipment.
Hospitals with focus on reducing the total turn-around-time will witness an extreme reduction in their turn-around-time for lab results. With modern new technology in the laboratories, the optimization in laboratory turn-around-time is often down to seconds or a few minutes, but when the focus is on reducing the time from when the sample is drawn until the result is available, turn-around-time will be reduced dramatically.