Around ten years ago, this partner needed a web-based quality control (QC) monitoring application to replace their existing paper-based systems. The cost to scale their existing process didn’t make financial or operational business sense for continued investment.
The Primero Solution
Primero Systems has designed and deployed (and is actively developing, enhancing and maintaining) a system for this partner, which processes thousands of quality control statistics in real time. Some of the world’s most respected hospitals and companies trust our system to check and track their data.
Clinical laboratories around the globe submit QC test results from their instruments to this platform, which stores the data and provides peer statistics back to the laboratories. In turn, this helps the labs to detect suspicious results that can identify an issue with an instrument, a trend, or just confirm acceptable values.
One of the key features is real-time peer data comparison, significantly expediting troubleshooting efforts and peer statistic review; it can compare QC data with other labs around the globe instantaneously or just within the lab’s affiliated network.
Submissions can be done manually by the lab users on the website, although automatic data entry is encouraged, providing faster input and eliminating manual errors.
Every data point added to the system is exposed to different validation algorithms, ensuring that outliers are excluded from the process. Some algorithms are based on fixed ranges, others on auto-calculated ranges obtained from statistics. There are also “violation rules algorithms” integrated into the system; Westgard Rules and Rilibak among others. Additionally, Review and Approval workflows are integral to the system’s design - allowing each data point to be reviewed and approved/declined by lab personnel where required or appropriate.
The system provides more than twenty types of PDF reports for the labs to review, including standard graph analysis like Levey Jennings and Youden. In addition to static reporting, the system offers interactive chart visualizations, allowing users to set time ranges, compare with other instruments and include comments.