Officials at a Hartford laboratory owned by Saint Francis Care say they hope a recent $5.5 million investment in new equipment will cut the turnaround time for testing in half.
The fully automated system came online in July at Collaborative Laboratory Services, located in Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The new system can process up to 1,200 specimens an hour, said Mary Onoroski, the lab's technical services manager.
It took six months to fully install and prepare the new robotic line, which carries out procedures that had been done manually.
With the new equipment, the staff is aiming to finish most of the testing in 30 to 60 minutes, half of the time it used...