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Lab Reports on the cloud

‘Cloud’ being a loosely used term for invisible internet services and data management, we have revamped our system of reports delivery to our patrons using the cloud. We have added a personalized reports by email system ensuring delivery of validated, complete results by mail to the correct mail-id. Patients can access their reports using the credentials (Username and password) printed on their registration slips. Our centres and empaneled nursing homes also leverage the same technology to receive critical or even routine reports through managed permanently assigned site accounts.

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Equimolar Vitamin D measurement

Vitamin D is a fat soluble steroid hormone that occurs in two forms, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D enters the body through skin exposure to the sun or through dietary intake, enters the circulation and is hydroxylated in the liver to form 25(OH) Vitamin D. It is further hydroxylated in the kidney to form the biologically active hormone, 1,25(OH) Vitamin D. The active hormone is involved in the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphorous and interacts with the parathyroid gland (and its active hormone called PTH Parathyroid Hormone) to act as a regulator of bone formation. Vitamin D metabolites are bound to a vitamin D binding protein in the plasma and are distributed throughout the body. Because the concentration of 1,25(OH) Vitamin D is 1000 times lower than 25(OH) Vitamin D and has a 4 hour half life, plasma 25(OH) Vitamin D is the most reliable clinical indicator of vitamin D status. 25(OH) Vitamin D levels are also indicative of the body’s storage levels of vitamin D and correlate with the clinical symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. In the late 18th century, Vitamin D was first recognized as an essential dietary component in prevention of rickets. Recently, research has indicated that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to chronic diseases such as cancer (breast, colon and prostate), cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, osteomalacia and several autoimmune diseases. An assay for total vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) with a measuring range up to 350 ng/mL on the VITROS® ECi/ECiQ Immunodiagnostic System is available at Dr.Chhabra’s Pathology Centre. This combines good analytical and clinical performance with the
operational simplicity of a rapid automated continuous random access immunoassay system. The technology ensures that both Vitamin D2 and D3 fractions are measured so that a true picture is presented while measuring baseline levels or while measuring post specific vitamin D replacement therapy

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Delta Check

We have always monitored each result before validating for reports and our knowledge and experience helps us pay extra attention when required. This system is now standardized in our operations using international guidelines to for monitoring and evaluation of operations. Each patients previous record of a given certain tests is reviewed based on these guidelines and current results are tabulated and plotted against previous results to form a true clinical picture for the reporting pathologist. Focus is drawn towards any further management giving us tremendously more confidence in our reports- a confidence which we pass on to our patients.

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Major Software Upgrade

A major software upgrade is planned during the last quarter of this year (2014). We have carefully set it up so that it is a smooth transitions for our patrons. A step by step change has been initiated over the last 2 quarters so that operation-critical training changes can be executed prior to large scale technology changes. The software will provide additional features and functionality towards running day to day operations smoothly leaving more time available on the hands of staff and doctors to monitor and control lab results.

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A new modern site!

Welcome to our new website. Technology upgrades are our favorite yearly exercises, but its mostly around our lab analysis. This time we figured we spice up our website. Hope it serves a good user experience for you all. Thank you for your continued support and patronage.