Clinical laboratories around the world are helping to improve patient care while navigating an evolving health care environment. To help laboratories with increasing demands, Abbott is developing diagnostic solutions for today and tomorrow, which it showcased during the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo, July 27 through July 31, 2014, in Chicago.
• Point of Care: Used at a patient's bedside, the i-STAT System allows physicians and nurses to quickly and accurately analyze lab-quality results within minutes, rather than hours, to accelerate decision-making and ensure patients receive the most effective and efficient care.
•Informatics: Abbott provides laboratories with a powerful suite of informatics solutions to manage large volumes of data across healthcare systems, helping labs simplify complex processes to make information actionable. Leading hospitals, reference labs, and blood banks use Abbott's informatics technology to help treat and monitor various diseases and medical conditions.
•Bio-Identification: When a patient is admitted to the hospital with a suspected infection, clinicians try to determine the cause using testing technology that may take days to weeks, potentially leading to significant delays in appropriate treatment. Abbott's IRIDICA platform, currently under development and targeted for release in CE-marked European countries within 12 months, has the potential to change the way doctors diagnose serious infections.