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Medical researchers, technologists honoured with Smart Lab Project awards

Jun 20. 2019
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By The Nation

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Roche Diagnostics (Thailand) Ltd and the Association of Medical Technologist of Thailand (AMTT), under the patronage of HRH Princess Soamsawali, recently held the first Smart Lab Project awards ceremony to mark the outstanding achievements of medical technologists in Thailand. 

The winners – three winning the top prize and seven recognised for their distinguished works – were chosen from a pool of 27 projects from across the nation. The goal of the awards is to inspire medical technologists to elevate their standards even further.

Salakchit Chutipongvivate, president of the AMTT, and Pichetpong Srisuwankul, managing director of Roche Diagnostics (Thailand), handed out the honours at a ceremony in Swissotel Le Concorde Ratchada.

“Research and development of technology for laboratory use continues unabated, and medical operation facilities need to be ready for resulting changes that will boost the effectiveness of their work. However, lab technicians today are held back by large amounts of day-to-day work, potentially leading to a dearth of inspiration and initiative. In recognition of this situation, AMTT worked with Roche Diagnostics to initiate this project and encourage innovation across medical laboratories in every field. We hope the resulting development will increase the confidence of these labs, boost their prominence and executive-level trust, and advance the field of medical technology services to new frontiers,” Salakchit said.

“The Smart Lab Project is one of many positive moves made possible through joint effort between the public and private sectors for the good of society. These awards not only celebrate and encourage skilled medical technologists as valuable resources in the healthcare industry, but also serve to develop the abilities of the workforce and the field of medical technology. Every project submitted for the competition is very useful and practical, giving everyone access to higher standards and efficiency. After all, every applicant in the project aimed, above all, to do better so the general public would benefit.” 

Pichetpong said: “Roche Diagnostics believes in the principle of sustainable development. Our policies call for the priority to be always placed on research and development for the benefit of mankind. Roche itself has an important role to play in establishing the foundations of modern healthcare through advanced innovations for diagnosis and analysis tasks, all of which contribute to advances in in vitro diagnostics as well as the creation of holistic healthcare solutions for fast detection of illnesses as they start. By working closely with laboratories, hospitals and medical personnel, we can deliver efficient and precise diagnoses that aid doctors in making decisions and planning an effective treatment strategy.

“We are delighted and deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to work with AMTT in supporting the Smart Lab Project, which allowed medical technologists nationwide to create and innovate. The project allows technologists to present their works to those in the same field as well as executives in their own organisations, leading to greater awareness and recognition as well as higher trust in their standards of service.”

Medical technologists in hospitals, clinics and healthcare institutions nationwide can submit one project per lab for consideration by a panel of experts from the AMTT. Winning projects will be developed and deployed in the applicants’ own organisations to spread awareness and recognition while also enhancing the quality of medical technology work in Thailand.

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