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Middleware Use and Operation Core Course

Overview

This learning guide serves as a primer and provides a basic overview of middleware, its use, capabilities and the benefits of implementing these solutions in the core laboratory, with a focus on applications in Hematology. Multiple stakeholders in the laboratory can draw insights from the guide, including laboratory management, Medical Technologists and Information Technology staff.Each section provides information on different middleware solutions for laboratory workflow and operations. Middleware platforms vary in their capabilities. The main solutions presented in this learning guide are advanced options.

 

Course Duration

1 hour

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Section 1 | Middleware

This section introduces middleware, its fit in the hierarchy of different information systems that support the management of patient tests, and outlines its capabilities.
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Section 1 Quiz | Middleware

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Section 2 | Test management

This section reviews the laboratory test management process and the associated data managed by middleware. Although test management is discussed in all sections, it’s important to look at this topic independently to understand middleware’s role in this critical task.
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Section 2 Quiz | Test management

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Section 3 | Sample management

This section provides an overview of sample management and some of the main middleware solutions available to help laboratories better navigate sample logistics and workflow.
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Section 3 Quiz | Sample management

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Section 4 | Expert Decision Rules

This section details a fundamental solution offered by middleware – expert decision rules. Key concepts are defined, approaches to rules, variables to consider and their impact on laboratory workflow are summarized.
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Section 4 Quiz | Expert Decision Rules

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Section 5 | Quality management

This section focuses on the role of middleware in quality management, including quality control and moving average monitoring.
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Section 5 Quiz | Quality management

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Section 6 | Analyzers and Laboratory Automation Systems Management

This section discusses equipment management solutions for automated analyzers, highlighting Laboratory Automation Management systems and their interactions with middleware.
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Section 6 Quiz | Analyzers and Laboratory Automation System Management

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Section 7 | Reports and Analytics

This section summarizes some of the analytics and reporting capabilities that can be provided by middleware to help present and make sense of the data processed by laboratories.
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Section 7 Quiz | Reports and Analytics

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