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Future clinical analysis: Component based framework for modular hardware and software integration of different clinical equipment

: Muckenhirn, R.; Dreiss, P.; Dorner, J.; Kumar, A.P.

Association for Laboratory Automation:
LabAutomation 2004. Final Program & Abstracts : The premier international conference on laboratory automation. February 1-5, 2004, San Jose, California, USA
San Diego, CA, USA, 2004
International Conference on Laboratory Automation (LabAutomation) <1, 2004, San Jose/Calif.<
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Laborgerät; Laborautomatisierung; Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); Laboratoriumseinrichtung; Medizintechnik

The component based framework provides the mechanism to define the existing clinical equipment in form of hardware modules, which can be a combination of different analysis equipment performing specific operations of it can be, containers which carry the incoming and outgoing samples or it can be, manufacturing islands such as clinical equipments not integrated in the current Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Thus defined hardware modules can be clustered together with central handling system (cluster) responsible for transporting the samples to the individual modules (analysis equipments). These modules can be connected/disconnected to/from the clusters dynamically, even in an ongoing analysis process. This allows the system wide scheduling to optimize and configure the analysis area based on the actual needs. In addition to this the component based framework provides dedicated sevices such as:
- centralized database to store sample information and its current position
- centralized access rights management to establish equipment specific access rights configuration,
- recipe management system to provide recipes on demand,
- equipment management component to administrate the analysis equipment,
- analysis planning unit providing connectivity to LIMS and translating incoming sample information to analysis area internal sample information,
- scheduler component to interpret the internal information and to generate a schedule,
- process management component to execute the analysis specific process recipes
The presentation will show the hardware mapping of these modules by the software and the corresponding required software components as discussed above to show the easy and rapid deployment of such frameworks allowing a very high degree of flexibility in sense of adaption to new analysis steps.