Medical laboratory to open in North Reclamation Area-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A MEDICAL laboratory will open at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City on Nov. 8.
LifeLab Diagnostics, a 430-square meter laboratory in the TLI Bldg on Ouano Ave. is a secondary laboratory that performs tests such as hypertensive studies, diabetes studies and hepatitis studies. The company said it is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Cebu.
LifeLab Diagnostics manager Louie Tadlas said the building of two hospitals in the area, University of Cebu Medical Center and Chong Hua Hospital, signals a good opportunity for their facility.
LifeLab president Christopher Timothy Tan Unjo said the laboratory equipment they are using are “highend,” with most coming from France and Japan.
One of their most advanced machines is the Snibe Diagnostics Maglumi 1000 which can do early detection of cancer and thyroid abnormalities, among others.
Unjo said the company invested P15 million for laboratory equipment. He said they are planning to add more equipment in the future.
LifeLab also has a pool of doctors specializing in internal medicine, pediatrics, oncology and obstetrics. They also have a family doctor and general doctor.
With high-end technology in their laboratory, Tadlas said LifeLab customers can expect “accurate” results of their tests.
Tadlas highlighted the use of bar codes for every test, with the results being directly transmitted to its Laboratory Information System (LIS), where the data of all medical tests are stored and managed in a computer.
He said that not all laboratories in Cebu adopt bar coding.
The use of high-end equipment also allows LifeLab to deliver test results fast, through email or by prints.
LifeLab is targeting a turnaround time of four hours for routine testing and a maximum of 24 hours for special tests. Corporate accounts can get the results within 48 hours.
LifeLab also adopted a cafe-like ambiance in their lounge area where customers need not wait in discomfort in crowded environment when seeking the services of a diagnostic laboratory, said Tadlas.
Unjo said they are expecting to get ISO certification next year.
“We aim to be one of the leading laboratories in Cebu...I believe that facility-wise we are capable,” said Tadlas.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 06, 2013.