What is Automated Drug Testing?

Automated drug testing is easier than one might initially think. Watch our video to learn more about the Thermo Scientific™ Complete Automated Drugs of Abuse Testing Solution and how it can fit the needs of your drug testing program.

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Automated drug testing integrates all steps involved in monitoring participants for drug use – from scheduling a test, tracking chain of custody, barcoding specimens, testing the specimen for drugs, to reporting test results electronically. Test results may be printed or securely shared via encrypted email to designated recipients such as probation officers, coordinators, and other personnel or agencies. Such an easy and secure sharing process reduces or eliminates the need for storing paper copies of participant’s test results and manually recording the data. Storing data electronically also facilitates easy tracking and retrieval of participant results and historical drug usage.

While POC testing may appear to be the cheaper option on the front end, there are hidden costs in lost information, re-tests, and lack of flexibility that can affect outcomes and productivity. Automation reduces subjectivity and inaccuracies that result from human error. In addition, automation provides the flexibility to adjust drug panels for randomized testing and adapt to the changing drug trends in your region. An automated lab will safeguard your program, provide reliable results, and could save time and money.

Automated Drug Testing Workflow
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Randomized Scheduling and Chain of Custody

  • Automate and track Chain of Custody via barcoded specimens using laboratory software system such as ACT Innovation's Paracelsus™ software.
  • Develop and automate participant test schedules
  • Tailor participant test panels to their drug history
  • Integrate test results and reports with ACT Innovation's Drug Court Case Management (DCCM™) software
  • Web-based software allows for fast and immediate access at your fingertips
  • Accurate specimen tracking and reporting is ensured via barcoded and computerized process

Paracelsus and DCCM are trademarks of ACT Innovations

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Drug Tests / Panel

  • Choose from a broad menu of testing options
    • 25 Urine Tests*
    • 11 Oral Fluid Tests**
    • 4 Specimen Validity Tests
  • Automated test results provide highly accurate results
  • Test for Specimen Adulteration (Creatinine)
  • Schedule for randomized drug testing
  • Develop flexible drug testing panels to reflect the needs of your participant and drug trends

 

*CJ&F Only: DRI Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG), DRI Fentanyl, CEDIA AB-PINACA, and CEDIA UR-144/XLR-11 urine DAT assays are currently for Criminal Justice and Forensic use only
**CEDIA oral fluid assays for barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, oxycodone, and buprenorphine are currently for Criminal Justice and Forensic use only

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Automated Drug Testing

  • Test Results in Minutes: First results in 15 minutes, with next results in approximately 30 seconds, once the instrument is up and running
  • Run up to approximately 200 tests per hour; 54 specimens per run
  • Run daily system checks to assess instrument performance and ensure testing validity
  • Test a participant for up to 24 different drugs at any given time
  • Add specimens at any time during a run, without interrupting the ongoing run
  • Minimize human error with automation and have greater confidence in test results
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Results and Reporting

  • Visualize and approve test results immediately before report distribution
  • Create "Normalized" reports - adjust creatinine levels against drug test results
  • Share results securely via encrypted email to drug court staff and/or probation officer
  • Data is automatically exported to DCCM for accurate tracking
  • Option to print out results for immediate access
  • Track participant drug testing history with summary reports
  • Choose from 25 different participant Report options
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Randomized Scheduling and Chain of Custody

  • Automate and track Chain of Custody via barcoded specimens using laboratory software system such as ACT Innovation's Paracelsus™ software.
  • Develop and automate participant test schedules
  • Tailor participant test panels to their drug history
  • Integrate test results and reports with ACT Innovation's Drug Court Case Management (DCCM™) software
  • Web-based software allows for fast and immediate access at your fingertips
  • Accurate specimen tracking and reporting is ensured via barcoded and computerized process

Paracelsus and DCCM are trademarks of ACT Innovations

Automated-Workflow2-2

Drug Tests / Panel

  • Choose from a broad menu of testing options
    • 25 Urine Tests*
    • 11 Oral Fluid Tests**
    • 4 Specimen Validity Tests
  • Automated test results provide highly accurate results
  • Test for Specimen Adulteration (Creatinine)
  • Schedule for randomized drug testing
  • Develop flexible drug testing panels to reflect the needs of your participant and drug trends

 

*CJ&F Only: DRI Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG), DRI Fentanyl, CEDIA AB-PINACA, and CEDIA UR-144/XLR-11 urine DAT assays are currently for Criminal Justice and Forensic use only
**CEDIA oral fluid assays for barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, oxycodone, and buprenorphine are currently for Criminal Justice and Forensic use only

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Automated Drug Testing

  • Test Results in Minutes: First results in 15 minutes, with next results in approximately 30 seconds, once the instrument is up and running
  • Run up to approximately 200 tests per hour; 54 specimens per run
  • Run daily system checks to assess instrument performance and ensure testing validity
  • Test a participant for up to 24 different drugs at any given time
  • Add specimens at any time during a run, without interrupting the ongoing run
  • Minimize human error with automation and have greater confidence in test results
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Results and Reporting

  • Visualize and approve test results immediately before report distribution
  • Create "Normalized" reports - adjust creatinine levels against drug test results
  • Share results securely via encrypted email to drug court staff and/or probation officer
  • Data is automatically exported to DCCM for accurate tracking
  • Option to print out results for immediate access
  • Track participant drug testing history with summary reports
  • Choose from 25 different participant Report options

 

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