October 6, 2021
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 19, Issue 40


In This Issue

 Featured Books

COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

 Featured Content

10/06/2021 - How a LIMS Complements your ERP

"Why do I need a LIMS when I already have SAP Quality Module?" The quality modules of ERP systems are great as they are already tied into your system which likely handles finance, procurement and logistics, but only cover basic functions needed for the laboratory which is normally only product release. [Read More]

10/06/2021 - Why Take the Risk? The Benefits of Expert Strategic Consulting

Digitalization of the laboratory is essential for organizations to maintain a competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced business landscape. As the digital transformation movement is gaining enormous momentum, companies across all industries are adopting a ‘digital-first’ business model. However, just moving our systems away from paper is not enough... [Read More]

10/06/2021 - Computer Systems Assurance – Methodologies and Technologies to Consider

In our previous blog, we discussed the steps to develop a plan to move to Computer System Assurance (CSA). In this blog we consider the key methodologies and technologies, along with other important considerations to transition to CSA.  There are several important factors to consider to ensure a successful transition to CSA.

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10/06/2021 - IMED (International Society for Infectious Diseases) 2021 Event

IMED brings together leading informaticians, surveillance coordinators, laboratorians, epidemiologists & clinicians across animal, environmental & human health fields. This truly is THE One Health event of 2021 where those working in diverse specialties can learn, present & challenge one another while sharing novel ideas and research.

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 Journal Articles

09/22/2021 - Comparative performance of SARS-CoV-2 lateral flow antigen tests and association with detection of infectious virus in clinical specimens: A single-centre laboratory evaluation study

In this 2021 article published in the journal The Lancet Microbe, Pickering et al. present their findings concerning the comparison of antigen lateral flow devices (LFDs) for COVID-19 and virus infectivity, noting their study is "the largest to date assessing the correlation between [cycle threshold] values, quantitative culture of infectious virus, and antigen test positivity, alongside an unbiased head-to-head comparison of six commercial antigen tests." The authors thoroughly discuss their methods, including acquisition and use of study samples, use of qRT-PCR, choosing of rapid antigen tests, development of viral growth assays, and use of statistical analysis. After presenting their results and discussing them in detail, the authors conclude that their "data support the judicious use of LFDs for rapid antigen detection: not to replace PCR testing, but to supplement current testing capacity and rapidly identify infected individuals in situations in which they would otherwise go undetected," and that the benefits of careful LFD use "outweigh the risk of missing positive cases."


Introduction to Data Science

This is an IBM-created course that is released on the edX platform. The introductory six-week course will have you "meet some big data science practitioners and we will get an overview of what data science is today." The course is free to take. A verified certificate of completion, via a Verified track from IBM, is available afterwards for $99 USD. (Note that the Audit track expires October 17, 2021.)

 Upcoming Webinars

10/08/2021 - Webinar: The COVID-19 Evolution: A New Breed of Endpoint Security

10/19/2021 - Webinar: Implementing a Laboratory Test Under Emergency Use Conditions

10/20/2021 - A Universal Digital Data Integrity and Compliance Infrastructure for Data in Flight

11/09/2021 - Webinar: Leveraging Data Analytics to Streamline and Optimize Digital Image Management

 Featured Discussions

09/24/2021 - Gender split in laboratory informatics

09/08/2021 - old plate reader help

08/24/2021 - Are These the Right Vendors for Our Project?


07/21/2021 - Best EHR Software for School?

 Upcoming Trade Events

11/04/2021 - IMED (International Society for Infectious Diseases) 2021

 Bid Opportunities

10/14/2021 - Registration of Interest: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Health and Environmental Services

10/15/2021 - Request for Proposals: Community Testing for COVID-19 (Re-Solicitation Effort)

10/20/2021 - Request for Bids: COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Services

11/04/2021 - Request for Proposals: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for the Pennsylvania Department of Health

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