Multi-site performance evaluation and Sigma metrics of 20 assays on the Atellica chemistry and immunoassay analyzers

Tommaso Fasano, Jose Luis Bedini, Pierre Antoine Fle, Malik Jlaiel, Karl Hubbert, Harish Datta, Valerie Chicha-Cattoir, Hayfa Mansour, Aurea Mira, Bernardino González De La Presa, Nayra Rico, Maria Sanz De Pedro, Jorge Diaz-Garzon, Antonio Buño Soto, Luigi Vecchia, Katell Peoc'h

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The Atellica Solution comprises chemistry (CH) and immunoassay (IM) analyzers. Recently, six early adopter clinical laboratories across Europe evaluated the analytical performance of 20 CH and IM assays. To measure analytical performance quality, Sigma metrics were calculated for individual-site and pooled-site results. Precision, detection capability, linearity, and method comparison studies were performed according to Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute protocols. Global Sigma metrics across sites were calculated from pooled data at the medical decision level using total allowable error (TEa) goals from CLIA for CH assays, and TEa goals from RiliBÄK for IM assays; and, the equation: Sigma metrics=%TEa-%bias/%CV. A pooled %CV was calculated by combining the imprecision obtained from individual sites. Bias calculations were performed against the ADVIA Chemistry system or ADVIA Centaur system using Deming regression analysis (Passing-Bablok regression for electrolytes) on the pooled-site data. The 103 individual-site Sigma metric calculations used individual-site imprecision and pooled-bias. The limits of blank and detection results agreed with the manufacturer's claims. Most assays were linear across the assay range tested. Pooled Sigma metrics were good or better (>4 Sigma) for 18 of 20 assays; and, acceptable for urea nitrogen (3.1) and sodium (3.9), the latter values attributable to higher imprecision at one of five sites. Sigma metrics for data generated across multiple real-world sites evaluating the Atellica Solution demonstrated good or better performance of greater than 4 Sigma for 18 of 20 assays tested. Overall, results verified the manufacturer's claims that methods were fit for use in clinical laboratories.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Atellica
  • chemistry
  • immunoassays
  • method comparison
  • performance
  • precision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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