August 18, 2020
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 18, Issue 33


In This Issue

 Featured Books

Comprehensive Guide to Developing and Implementing a Cybersecurity Plan

 Featured Content

08/18/2020 - Sunquest Provides Continuous Suppport Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Sunquest is here to continuously and seamlessly support the business operations of the lab amid the COVID-19 pandemic. From molecular LIMS support, to orders and results automation, to reporting, to broader-scale disease surveillance, we are proud to offer COVID-19 resources across the spectrum of the laboratory workflow.

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08/18/2020 - Importing Spreadsheets and CSV Files into LabVantage LIMS

Two of the most popular file formats used in science settings are Excel spreadsheets and CSV (Comma Separated Value) files. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that they are heavily relied on in the laboratory informatics market as well. Teams using a LIMS frequently collaborate on analyzing test result data, which often involves columns and tables. Formulas to analyze the data can be added via most spreadsheet editing programs, and these calculations may be crucial to seeing patterns in the data.

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08/18/2020 - Designing the Unified Lab of the Future with BIOVIA ONE Lab

The need for optimizing operational efficiency while maintaining data integrity is at the core of every laboratory informatics roadmap.  Innovative technologies such as BIOVIA ONE Lab, that enable digital transformation holds the key to driving process improvement and automating daily tasks within the laboratory, but the challenge lies within how to go about this effort?

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 Journal Articles

08/11/2020 - Extending an open-source tool to measure data quality: Case report on Observational Health Data Science and Informatics (OHDSI)

In this 2020 short report from Dixon et al., lessons learned from attempts to expand data quality measures in the open-source tool Observational Health Data Science and Informatics (OHDSI) are presented. Noting a lack of data quality assessment and improvement mechanisms in health information systems in general, the researchers sought to improve OHDSI for public health surveillance use cases. After explaining the practical uses of OHDSI, the authors state their case for why measuring completeness, timeliness, and information entropy within OHDSI would be useful. Though not getting approval to add timeliness to the system, they conclude that high value remains "in adapting existing infrastructure and tools to support expanded use cases rather than to just create independent tools for use by a niche group."

Data Analytics and Visualization in Health Care

This is a Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) course that is released on the edX platform. The eight-week course is designed for students to learn how "to extract, analyze, and interpret data from patient health records, insurance claims, financial records, and more to tell a compelling and actionable story using health care data analytics." The course is free to take, with a Verified Certificate of completion available for $249. The course requires on average eight to 10 hours a week of effort. Access to the class begins June 15, 2020.
 Upcoming Webinars

08/19/2020 - Astrix Webinar – SampleManager Modules: Everything you need to know to get the most value from your SampleManager LIMS

08/25/2020 - Webinar: Cybersecurity Risk Management During a Pandemic: CISOs Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned

08/26/2020 - Webinar: LabWare LIMS can do THAT?

09/02/2020 - Uncomplicating LIMS Validation

09/02/2020 - Webinar: Accelerate Viral Vector Production with Benchling

 Featured Discussions

07/24/2020 - Electronic Lab Notebook

07/02/2020 - Laboratory ICT documentation template

06/05/2020 - What are the procedure to get kosher certification?

05/23/2020 - LIMS Validation

05/20/2020 - Do LIMS System providers have interest incorporating Sensory Evaluation Analysis and Testing as part of their LIMS software suites?

 Other News

08/17/2020 - Swittons Introduces Smart IoT Devices for Pharmaceutical Lab Digital Transformation Initiatives

08/17/2020 - METTLER TOLEDO and TetraScience Collaborate to Power the Digital Lab Movement

 Bid Opportunities

08/28/2020 - Intention to Publish: Expression of Interest (EOI) for the State-wide Single Digital Patient Record (SDPR)

08/28/2020 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System

09/07/2020 - Invitation to Bid: COVID-19 Lab Testing Services

09/13/2020 - Request for Quote: Environmental Laboratory Services

09/30/2020 - Request for Quote: Materials Testing and Laboratory Analysis Services

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