Robotic lab automation is making progress and removing some of the labor in laboratories, but rarely is it replacing all functions, according to Kalorama Information.
The healthcare market researcher said the most common use of robots is partial, but that the number of labs using them is on the rise.
Lacking robotics and other types of automation, laboratories may not be able to keep up with the pace of testing, the complexities of new tests, such as those involving molecular diagnostics, and the loss of experienced technicians and technologists. Continue reading Robots taking over from humans in numerous laboratory tasks
There is an $8.8 billion market for robotic laboratory automation systems, according to Kalorama Information.
The healthcare research firm just completed a report on lab robots, and notes the imbalance between the high demand for diagnostics and the lack of supply of qualified technicians.
Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama, says: “More than two-thirds of clinical decisions are based on laboratory test results, and new tests are developed constantly.
“But a shrinking field of qualified laboratory personnel, while demand grows requires something to handle the tasks created.” Continue reading Robots now ‘essential’ to clinical diagnostic labs, says new report