Let's talk about lab water
Let's talk about lab water
Dubai feels like a million miles away in the snow swept chill of February in the UK, so we thought we would take a look back at our team’s experience of the top trends at Arab Health 2015, the second largest healthcare congress and exhibition in the world and the largest in the Middle East, in an attempt to warm ourselves up!
1. Automation: Automated workflow with the goal of providing high throughput combined with a short turnaround time is becoming an increasingly important asset in the clinical laboratory. This was clear to see on the exhibition floor, with machines becoming ever more refined at providing multiple tests at rapid speeds and often for many applications.
2. Big Data: There was a big data conference for the third year running at the show. With the importance of detection and prevention, the explosion of wearable technology, mobile and digital data, big data was high on the agenda. Data is also increasingly important in clinical analyzers, with features such as connectivity and sample tracking assisting lab technicians to speed up their workflow. Big data was visible throughout the show, from the smallest ever vital signs solution, to remote patient monitoring it is clear that data will have a huge role to play in the future of how our healthcare is provided.
3. Laboratories in Developing Countries: Similarly to AACC last year, there was a growing trend evident for new laboratories and improving facilities in developing countries due to a continued demand and an increase in healthcare spending. We hope that this move will aid in the future fight against outbreaks of Ebola and other diseases.
4. Ebola: With the numerous difficulties faced in West Africa to deal with the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), not least the sheer number of tests required and limited laboratory resources, there were discussions on how to learn from the 2014 outbreak as one of the key Medlab conference agenda items.
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5. Genetic Bio Markers: Genetic Bio Markers are enabling scientists to carry out groundbreaking research in a variety of areas with the aim to identify potential issues in patients earlier. From prostate cancer to brain tumors, new research is attempting to improve detection rates by identifying more of the genetic defects that make these abnormalities occur, hopefully providing early screening techniques.
6. Water, did we mention it’s everywhere? From reagents to the clinical analyzers themselves, to the washing of laboratory benches, large quantities of pure and ultra pure water are required. We saw a growing number of visitors to our stand who were more informed than ever about the role of water in the laboratory. With a higher demand on speed and throughput, a reliable water system is a key component to keeping the lab running 24/7.