Dartmouth-Hitchcock Case Study

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Saving Time Storing and Retrieving Samples

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center needed a way to store and, more importantly, find samples in the laboratory. The clinical chemistry lab runs more than 1.4 million tests per year, providing critical testing services to a Level 1 trauma center, a neonatal nursery, a cancer center and transplant services. While realizing an 8 to 10% increase in test volumes annually and a 20% increase in Outreach – the key to handling the increasing demands was working smarter. Using Instrument Manager’s™ Specimen Storage and Retrieval, they can focus on providing world-class diagnostics services rather than hunting for samples.

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The Profile



Non for Profit Academic Health Facility



372 Beds



  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Tertiary Care
  • Neonatal nursery, transplant services
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Full-service Children’s Hospital
  • 30 Outpatient Clinical Locations
  • Trains over 350+ residents and fellows annually


Chemistry, Immunochemistry, Toxicology



1.4 million tests per year






Cerner Millennium

Key Takeaways

  • 2 to 3 hours saved daily storing and locating samples
  • Techs are notified of pending and held tests before a sample is stored
  • Tracks each sample's storage location and who checks it in and out
  • Single, networkable sample storage and retrieval solution for the entire enterprise