A major goal in laboratory practice is the reduction of pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic sources of error. Pre-analytic errors such as specimen mislabeling, or specimen loss, represent the largest sources of error in laboratory testing. Technological solutions (e.g., barcoding) have been instrumental in reducing pre-analytic errors, but residual error remains. Radiofrequency identification tags are a promising technology with the potential to further reduce pre-analytic error rates in laboratory medicine and pathology.

Describe the new knowledge and additional skills the participant will gain after attending your presentation.: Participants will learn about differences between barcodes and radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags and also between different radiofrequency identification technologies. In addition, the economic rationale and logistical considerations for implementation of an RFID-based specimen tracking system will be discussed.


Andrew Norgan (Presenter)
Mayo Clinic

Kurt Simon, Mayo Clinic
Nneka Comfere, Mayo Clinic
Brian Bartholmai, Mayo Clinic
John Martin, Mayo Clinic
Ross Reichard, Mayo Clinic

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