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LEICA BIOSYSTEMS PREVIEWS LABORATORY BREAKTHROUGH: MOBILE SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR ANATOMICAL PATHOLOGY

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Boston, USA, March 24, 2015

Attendees at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) conference in Boston this week will get a preview of Leica Biosystems’ new APiQ software solutions.

APiQ  (Anatomic Pathology with Extra Intelligence) gives laboratories the freedom to work smarter by providing real-time laboratory workflow information on mobile devices. The initial release consists of two immunohistochemistry solutions: the APiQ Inventory Manager and the APiQ Instrument Dashboard.

The APiQ Inventory Manager automatically gathers inventory information and makes it available anywhere using a mobile tablet. With the current status of antibodies, slides and bulk fluids at their fingertips, lab managers can seamlessly make informed purchasing decisions based on real-time information. Eliminating manual inventory management also allows for significant time and workload savings. In the current reimbursement environment, labs are pressed to do more with fewer resources. The Inventory Manager provides a mean by which procurement managers can maximize working capital by avoiding under- and over-stocking.

In busy labs, managers often need to be everywhere at once. With the APiQ Instrument Dashboard they finally can be. With APiQ on their smartphone, managers can leave the lab to meet pathologists or administrators and remotely check their BOND instruments, confirm slide completion times and ensure the daily workload is on-track.

To support the individual needs of each lab, both the Inventory Manager and the Instrument Dashboard are customizable and can be tailored by the end-user. The solutions were developed after an extensive review of laboratory procedures and in-depth consultation with pathologists, laboratory managers and technicians.

"APiQ helps laboratories save time and better manage their instruments and inventory. There’s now no reason why a lab should run out of a particular reagent or consumable”, said Matthias Weber, M.D., President of Leica Biosystems. Looking to the future, he described how “We are committed to innovation and these initial APiQ solutions are just the start. Our vision is to develop a full range of APiQ solutions to help the entire Anatomic Pathology lab work smarter, faster and more efficiently."

APiQ software solutions are developed in Melbourne, Australia at one of Leica Biosystems’ Centers of Excellence. APiQ is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and no patient data is collected, stored or transmitted.  

For more information on APiQ, please visit LeicaBiosystems.com.

About Leica Biosystems
Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients’ lives. Leica Biosystems provides anatomical pathology laboratories and researchers a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Leica’s easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Further information can be found at LeicaBiosystems.com.