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A Script Example
August 30, 2016 7:19 PM by Scott Warner
As promised, here is an example AutoIt script: ; NotepadMemo.au3 - example using AutoIt #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> #include <Date.au3> Local $sTo Local $sSubject If WinExists("Untitled - Notepad") Then $sTo = InputBox("Memo", "To:", "All Read More...
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AutoIt Your LIS
August 19, 2016 2:28 PM by Scott Warner
For those of you who like to tinker with programs, who remember typing BASIC programs from magazines in the early Eighties, and a few of you who understand programming, AutoIt will be fun. For the rest of you, it won’t be nearly as difficult as you might Read More...
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Automating LIS Maintenance
August 9, 2016 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
If your lab is like most, you have one or maybe two IT geeks who like computers enough to figure out how your information system works. To everyone else it’s a means to an end at best or an irritant at worst. How tests are built and maintained is way Read More...
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The Joys of Shopping
July 29, 2016 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
Change is constant, especially in laboratory medicine. Monoclonal antibody assays changed latex agglutination kits; discrete random-assay analyzers changed batch testing; point of care instruments are refocusing core laboratory testing. These days, leaving Read More...
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Embracing Point of Care
July 15, 2016 6:20 AM by Scott Warner
For an industry that is frequently at the forefront of new technology in healthcare, laboratory workers can be among the most resistant to change. Computers coexist with paper; manual diffs are still done when automated counts are far superior; point Read More...
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Is PCR Ready for Small Labs?
May 2, 2016 6:36 AM by Scott Warner
What is true for big labs eventually becomes true for small labs, mostly because volume discounts drive affordability. This is most recently true for PCR, a technology that has arrived in small laboratories for two platforms, the Meridian Illumigene and Read More...
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Form and Function
January 27, 2016 6:41 AM by Scott Warner
In my last blog, I described how to create a table in a database that stores blood bank index card file information. At a minimum, this should contain the patient name, date of birth, and a checkbox to indicate if the patient has antibodies. That’s the Read More...
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Cards on the Table
January 18, 2016 6:52 AM by Scott Warner
In building a blood bank cardfile mirror, the main element is the database table. A table is a collection of records that stores data in fields. In the case of OpenOffice Base, when you open the program (called Database in the OpenOffice main menu) a Read More...
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Building a Cardfile Mirror
January 13, 2016 6:36 AM by Scott Warner
The concept of a database is simple: data is stored in tables and linked together. Once the data is stored in a table of fields you design, you can do anything with it. You can sort, print, or filter it. The problem of a blood bank card file mirror may Read More...
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The Power of Open Source
January 8, 2016 6:23 AM by Scott Warner
There are many kinds of software licenses, some more restrictive than others. If your hospital uses Microsoft Office, for example, a certain number of licenses has been purchased to match the number of workstations the software can be installed on. Typically, Read More...
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Using OneNote
November 9, 2015 6:29 AM by Scott Warner
Most laboratories have or have a need for a communication logbook to share information between techs and shifts. Recently, I discovered Microsoft OneNote for this purpose, mostly because it is on all our workstations. I was curious if it would fit our Read More...
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Future Procedures
October 21, 2015 6:50 AM by Scott Warner
For most of my career I’ve heard about how computers will transform our lives. The first laboratory I worked in had an air conditioned room filled with hardware, spinning drums, and enormous, deafening printers. The inevitable march of progress has brought Read More...
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E-Procedures
October 16, 2015 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
In my last blog I wondered why techs use package inserts when there is a procedure on the shelf or online. For me the reasons boil down to pictures (everyone loves pictures) and availability (it’s right there in the box!). It almost certainly isn’t that Read More...
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Do You Still Email at Work?
October 7, 2015 7:04 AM by Scott Warner
In 2008 I blogged “Big Brother Has Mail,” about justified paranoia that employers may be reading the emails of employees. I didn’t read email then, since, or now. It’s a waste of time when a manager is doing a good job. But hospital environments are changing. Read More...
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Why Do You Switch Methods?
September 9, 2015 6:10 AM by Scott Warner
One of the challenges in laboratory medicine is keeping up with technology while reducing cost or keeping budget neutral. This isn’t easy, since the amount of information grows daily from emails, websites, trade magazines, scientific magazines, physician Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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