SelectScience Visits Horibaville at IBMS
01 Oct 2013

When SelectScience visited the Horiba booth at the IBMS Congress held in Birmingham last week at the ICC, we were treated to a tour of Horibaville, the brainchild of the team from HORIBA UK Ltd, Medical Division.

HORIBA’s Technical Manager Mandy Campbell was on hand to guide visitors around Horibaville allowing them to tour the virtual town and digitally interact with HORIBA’s complete product portfolio, exploring the varied applications of its haematology solutions and services in a completely fresh, innovative and fun way. The Horibaville website not only provides an excellent product portfolio for Horiba, but it is also an impressive feat of technological accomplishment.

Delegates visiting the stand also had the opportunity to explore the new HORIBA interactive laboratory configuration application and enjoyed putting their blood cell identification skills to the test by taking part in the Quality Slide Program (QSP) challenge.

QSP is a digital cell morphology QC and training program, which publishes 6 digital blood films for download each month. The slides have a pre-classified differential with morphology comments. This pre-classification is verified or amended by the morphology expert or trainer in the laboratory who can ‘set’ slides for review by members of staff at the morphology bench. QSP essentially helps to standardize an area which can be subjective.

In addition to the on-stand activities, delegates attended a presentation given by Mandy Campbell, Technical Manager on ‘POCT – Joy and fun’ to learn about how suppliers can help to meet the needs of Point of Care testing. A scientific poster was also on display at IBMS, outlining the successful outcome of an evaluation of a point-of-care (POC) full blood count and whole blood CRP comparison of the HORIBA Microsemi CRP analyzer. The study showed that this easy to use analyzer demonstrated excellent correlation with routine laboratory methodologies.

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Sonia Nicholas
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