You’re responsible for managing the slides and blocks that are critical to the
success of your pathology department. But as you are asked to do more with
less and your volume of specimens continues to grow, the proper storage and
management of these assets becomes an ever-increasing burden on your
To address this issue, many laboratories have resorted to storing their slides
and blocks in sub-optimal storage locations or in high-value real estate — often
thinking that because they’re onsite, they’re secure and accessible. In reality,
this approach could place your slides and blocks at risk of degradation and
unauthorized access, jeopardizing the integrity of your inventory and your
ability to find what you need when it’s needed.
What if you could...
- Reclaim space in your
laboratory by securely
moving your slides
and blocks offsite?
- Protect the integrity of
your specimens with the
and access controls?
- Reduce the time and
to track, locate, and
retrieve your assets?
Hospitals and laboratories
today face a multitude of
challenges — from increasing
test utilization scrutiny to
rate reductions. In order to
successfully compete in this
environment, you need to
cut cost or add value.
How this affects you
Having a proven pathology-specific
approach to the secure transport and
storage of your valuable laboratory
assets can allow you to:
- Move your slides and blocks
to flexible offsite storage
with the confidence that your
slides and blocks are protected
throughout their lifecycle.
- Regulate your environment
through temperature controls
and pathology-specific processes
needed to preserve your
specimens over the long term.
- Find what you need, when you
need it at any time through an
easy-to-use web-based portal
allowing you to locate, order,
and track your inventory.
Iron Mountain Pathology Storage Management
With Iron Mountain® Pathology
Storage Management, you’ll be able to
free up your valuable storage space
while ensuring the integrity of your
slides and blocks remains intact. You’ll
centralize all of your assets offsite in a
local, highly secure, temperaturecontrolled
environment to ensure
their long-term preservation and
improve visibility into where they are
and who has access to them. With this
integrated suite of services, you’ll have
what you need to preserve and protect
What You Gain
- Space back in your
facility and the ability
to easily scale storage
up or down as needed.
- Peace of mind that your
assets are protected
and preserved for
the long term.
- Confidence that what you
need is accessible when
and where you need it.
With our temperature-controlled
storage environments, you’ll gain
access to the virtually unlimited
storage required to house your
growing volume of slides and blocks.
Our network of facilities provides
the local service you want, with the
temperature and access controls you
need to properly track and preserve
your assets. Leveraging our pay-asyou
grow model, you can quickly and
easily scale storage up or down as
needed to control costs and eliminate
the headache of continually searching
for additional storage space.
At the foundation of our transport
services are pathology-specific
procedures, based on best practices
that are designed to ensure the secure
movement of your irreplaceable
assets. Prior to transit, your slides
and blocks are securely packaged and
placed in coolers that provide both physical and temperature controls.
During transit, our highly experienced
drivers use real-time, wireless
scanning to maintain an auditable
chain of custody.
Through our robust tracking
capabilities and web-based portal,
you’ll have access to all the
information you need to make timely
decisions about your slides and blocks.
From the moment we take possession
of your specimens, the cases (or
accessions) are barcoded and scanned
each and every time they are moved,
enabling you to track your inventory
at any time. With Iron Mountain®
Connect™, our online portal, you can
track the progress of your assets,
manage your retention policy, view
reports, and schedule pickups from
anywhere you have Internet access.
After realizing sustained growth
in the number of pathology assets
under its management, a healthcare
organization needed additional space
that was adequately designed for
long-term storage. It had few internal
options, but was reluctant to transport
assets offsite. After evaluating
Iron Mountain Pathology Storage
Management, it became clear it was
the right choice. The provider now
manages its growing volume offsite,
knowing its slides and blocks are
protected and accessible.
- Increased accessions/cases
from 25 to 300 per delivery
- Improved their ability to
track, locate, and retrieve
their slides and blocks
- Reclaimed former storage
space by moving all assets
older than six months to a
local Iron Mountain facility