Automated Laboratory Launched, First in Pakistan
News 2012

​Automated Laboratory Launched, First in Pakistan

January 19, 2012

​Pakistan’s first fully automated biochemistry laboratory was inaugurated at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Karachi today by Mr Firoz Rasul, President of the University.

This state-of-the-art lab, capable of processing 8-10 million clinical chemistry tests annually, represents a milestone in diagnostic testing in Pakistan.

For the patient it means even more accurate test results within a shorter period of time. For AKUH, it will increase the clinical laboratory’s workload capacity two- to three-fold.

“With over 700 test menus offered, the University Hospital’s laboratories perform over seven million tests every year, processing samples from Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, the UAE, East Africa and Central Asia,” said Dr Farooq Ghani, Director, Clinical Laboratories, AKUH. “The automated system has streamlined and improved the analysis of blood samples, increasing not only our capacity but our efficiency as we can provide improved quality, a reduction in lab errors and a shorter and more predictable turnaround time.” The system also requires less space and fewer staff helping meet cost improvement objectives.

The automated lab will help the University Hospital maintain a high quality diagnostic testing service not only for its patients within the hospital but within the wider community in Pakistan and elsewhere serviced by more than 190 laboratory collection units.

All samples coming for testing are also bar coded – the codes contain patient and test information – to eliminate any id errors and speed up testing. Additionally, almost all the centers, the 11 regional labs and the main lab in Karachi have been linked electronically, allowing test result to be reported as soon as they are performed.

Media contact:

Hassaan Akhter, Media Executive, Department of Public Affairs, Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, Karachi, on +92 21 3486 2927 or