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HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Parkway Pantai installs lab system speeding up COVID-19 testing

Its laboratory can now process 4,000 more tests per day.

IHH Healthcare-owned Parkway Pantai has installed a Rapid Automated Volume Enhancer (RAVE) robotics laboratory system in its ParkwayHealth Laboratory in Singapore, which will help speed up the process for COVID-19 tests, according to a press release.

Utilising just two RAVE systems to use with an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, ParkwayHealth Laboratory can now process an additional 4,000 diagnostics tests per day in Singapore.

The system helps minimise the manual steps in the preparation of a test assay, shortening the time to results. RAVE was designed and co-developed by the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), as well as the national platform Diagnostics Development (DxD) Hub.

ParkwayHealth Laboratory has laboratories on the premises of Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Novena and Parkway East, the four private hospitals owned by Parkway Pantai, and a reference laboratory and headquarters located in Aljunied.

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