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Siemens, Hermes Pardini Group to create automated lab featuring the Atellica Solution

Siemens Healthineers is developing “The Enterprise Project” with the Hermes Pardini Group of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Enterprise Project is the largest and most complex clinical analysis laboratory known to date and is expected to be capable of handling 110 million sample tubes per year upon completion. Siemens Healthineers, in collaboration with Inpeco, has designed and will deliver this fully automated multidisciplinary solution on an unprecedented scale, which will include at least 100 analysers—including more than 50 Atellica Solution clinical chemistry and immunoassay analysers from Siemens Healthineers, the largest IVD supplier in this project. The highly sophisticated solution will provide automation of clinical and operational workflow, from sample reception through testing to disposal. Sited in Vespasiano, Grande Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, the lab will occupy 3,500 square meters of floor space, will conduct operations 24 hours a day, and is expected to be fully operational during 2019.
“The automation track will be more than 330 meters long upon completion and will be used to automatically transport and distribute sample tubes to specific analysers that can run the specific type of test requested by clinicians,” said Guilherme Collares, Chef Operations Officer of the Hermes Pardini Group. “Unlike conventional laboratory set-ups, where sample tubes have to be moved manually between different analysers, our enterprise lab is designed to employ a ‘one-touch, one workflow’ concept to eliminate the need for manual interventions, ensure sample traceability, and reduce the turnaround time to results. The Enterprise Project also will rely on Atellica Process Manager, an IT solution that delivers a 3D view of the laboratory configuration, to enable operators to manage alerts, control instruments and reagent monitoring remotely, and see test progression in real time. Siemens Healthineers will implement the first Laboratory Control Room, which will centralize management and provide holistic visibility of operations in the central Vespasiano laboratory, and other Hermes Pardini satellite lab units in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Goiania, and Belo Horizonte.