Online QC Service enables real-time, inter-lab comparison.
December 3, 2010 -
ABX Quality Control Program (QCP) v2 lets users submit internal Quality Control (QC) results online to evaluate accuracy and precision of hematology and clinical chemistry analyzers via real-time peer group statistical reports. Inter-laboratory comparison service for Proficiency Testing is also fully customizable. Service supports automatic upload of QC data from analyzers via USB key from data management system, and 6 statistical reports are generated in real-time immediately thereafter.
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Horiba Instruments, Inc.
Irvine, CA, 92614
Powerful Online Quality Management Service Upgraded by HORIBA Medical
Real-time inter-laboratory comparison quality reports now available with ABX Quality Control Program - QCP
Northampton, UK: HORIBA Medical has introduced a powerful upgrade to its external worldwide inter-laboratory quality control programme (QCP) for haematology and clinical chemistry analysers. QCP version II enables users to submit internal Quality Control (QC) results online to evaluate the accuracy and precision of their analysers via real-time peer group statistical reports from QCP. This intuitive online inter-laboratory comparison service for Proficiency Testing is also fully customisable.
Pathology laboratories are encouraged by regulation and accreditation organisations to participate in inter-laboratory comparison surveys (Proficiency Testing) for the assessment of the analytical performance of their in vitro diagnostic analysers. QCP aims to inform the user how they compare to their peer group for both haematology and clinical chemistry analysis using routinely run quality control results. Participation can enhance the laboratory's performance in mandatory external surveys.
QCP enables automatic upload of QC data from haematology analysers via a USB key from the data management system. No manual data input is necessary. Immediately after the upload, six statistical reports are generated in real-time. These unique features, in combination with intelligent and intuitive interfaces, make QCP a highly effective online inter-laboratory comparison tool for both haematology and clinical chemistry. This enables users to meet regulatory requirements and detect in real-time any gradual or sudden quality changes.
Via its six statistical online reports delivered in real-time, QCP provides a very broad range of clearly displayed useful data, including all peer comparison, performance indices and Levey-Jennings Charts. Since QCP is fully customisable, peer comparisons can be broken down into three groups - World, Country and Specific. Furthermore, all reports and submitted data are stored and available online for 24 months.
ABOUT HORIBA Medical:
Analysis Anywhere: HORIBA Medical (formerly known as HORIBA ABX) is a renowned specialist in the design and manufacture of automated in vitro diagnostic systems for haematology for over 25 years, and chemistry focused analytical solutions for over 10 years. From compact to high throughput systems, HORIBA Medical has successfully developed an array of analysers, pre and post-analytical and data management solutions to meet all needs, enabling LEAN analysis anywhere it is required.
Specialist bench top analysis: In addition to large NHS laboratories and Point of Care settings, HORIBA Medical systems are also found in many areas of industry requiring specialist analysis, including veterinary diagnostics, sports science, food and beverage, pharma and neutraceuticals, and clinical research. The company's benchtop analysers, such as the ABX Pentra 60 C+ for haematology and ABX Pentra 400 for chemistry analysis, are proving their worth in these environments due to their exceptional flexibility and ease of use.
Animal healthcare products: In addition to haematology and clinical chemistry analytical solutions, HORIBA Medical also now offers endoscopy products, as well as surgical and therapeutic diode laser technology for veterinary professionals.
Trusted expertise: HORIBA Medical is one of the five major operators in the automated haematology analyser market. Headquartered in Montpellier (France), the company employs more than 1,000 staff in its sites and subsidiaries, producing nearly 7,500 analysers per year and over 8,000 tons of reagents. This makes HORIBA Medical the leading developer and manufacturer of haematology diagnostic systems in the world equipping more than 27,000 laboratories in over 110 countries worldwide.
In the UK, the foundation of HORIBA Medical is built around its excellent support network of 31 personnel. The dedicated sales, service, technical and administration teams strive to ensure customers can work as smoothly and efficiently as possible, whatever their location. The scientific expertise within these teams provides customers with an educational and reference resource, and even assists in research and evaluation projects.