August 24, 2023 Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 21, Issue 34

In This Issue

 Featured Books

Choosing and Implementing a Cloud-based Service for Your Laboratory

 Featured Content

Protecting Sensitive Data in Oil and Gas Labs with LIMS

In 2021 a ransomware attack on a fuel pipeline operational system caused a temporary shutdown. The attack focused on operational control systems rather than laboratory data that is within a LIMS but is still a stark reminder of the consequences that cyberattacks can inflict upon the oil and gas sector. A LIMS is vital in maintaining data integrity and security for oil and gas laboratories by providing user access controls, data encryption, audit trails, and centralized data management to protect sensitive information. [Read More]

How to Leverage Data Analytics Tools for your Lab and Upper Management

Today, it seems data analytics is being used everywhere. In this rapidly evolving business landscape, data analytics has emerged as a powerful tool for organizations to gain valuable insights, make informed decisions, and achieve strategic objectives. Data applications are no longer limited to just the realms of marketing and finance; they have permeated various sectors, including scientific research and laboratory management. There are thousands of articles about analytics indexed in Google right now; why should you read this specific blog post? As a lab informatics leader, CSols presents analytics from a life sciences point of view. [Read More]

10 Ways SLIMS Boosts the Profitability of Cannabis Testing

Explore how Agilent SLIMS can enhance your cannabis testing lab. Download our infographic to learn about streamlined processes, reduced errors, and improved scalability for better profitability.  [Read More]

The case for not outsourcing the lab

According to American Hospital Association figures, more than half of US hospitals were projected to have negative margins through 2022. In fact, hospital inpatient growth may never again achieve historic levels in the wake of the global SARS CoV-2 pandemic, during which consumers embraced telemedicine and sought alternative points of care. With hospitals under sustained financial pressures from these and other trends, we expect cash-strapped and distressed hospitals will consider outsourcing laboratory services as a means of cutting costs—a potentially “penny-wise, but pound-foolish” decision. [Read More]

Four Ways to Ensure Your Cloud-based LIMS Keeps Patient Data Safe

Cloud-based laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are highly scalable and conveniently accessible. They handle automatic updates and patches so that the software is always current. Plus, they provide state-of-the-art security to ensure sensitive patient data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. However, because labs operate in a sector where patient privacy is paramount, many hesitate to transition to the cloud. [Read More]

STARLIMS Acquires Labstep, Expanding Its Portfolio Across R&D Through Product Commercialization

STARLIMS announces the expansion of its solution suite through the strategic acquisition of Labstep, a cutting-edge, R&D Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN). This acquisition brings both companies to the forefront of modern informatics and addresses the critical challenges customers face in finding an advanced platform that supports them from R&D through to market surveillance. [Read More]

Veterinary Laboratory Management Software to be Demonstrated by Autoscribe at ECVP Joint Congress

Attendees of the prestigious European Congress of Veterinary Pathology will see the latest update of Autoscribe’s popular Veterinary Laboratory Management System. The world’s most configurable Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Matrix Gemini, is well known for being used by veterinary laboratories across the world for managing the full testing lifecycle, from sample reception to final reporting. [Read More]

Configuration in LIMS for Sustainability: Fact or Fiction?

In a world where laboratory processes are becoming increasingly complex, the need for efficient management systems has never been greater. Configuring a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) involves tailoring the software to your specific needs without extensive and resource-intensive customisation. This approach not only speeds up implementation but also ensures the sustainability of your lab. [Read More]

Gold Nanoparticles Key to Lab Test for Whiskey Agedness

Until now, knowing when a whiskey has been aged to its peak has been a somewhat subjective, labor-intensive, and expensive process. But a research team from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, in a six-year study, has developed a way to use tiny amounts of gold to determine whether maturing whiskeys are ready to bottle or blend. Testing product samples, like whiskey, to ensure quality and consistency, is more efficient with a LIMS than paper or spreadsheets. [Read More]

 Journal Articles

08/21/2023 - Transforming healthcare analytics with FHIR: A framework for standardizing and analyzing clinical data

In this 2023 journal article published in Healthcare, Ayaz et al. present their work on a "data analytic framework that supports clinical statistics and analysis by leveraging ... Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)." After providing significant background on the topic, as well as a review of the literature on the topic, the authors discuss the initial preparations that went into developing their framework, followed by the results of their implementation. The authors also present a two-part example with use cases that puts the framework to a test. After discussing the limitations and results of their framework, the authors conclude that it effectively "empowers healthcare users (patients, practitioners, healthcare providers, etc.) to perform advanced data analysis on patient data used in healthcare settings and represented in the FHIR-based standard."

 Upcoming Webinars

10/18/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Generating and managing structured, reusable data tables for data-driven submissions

10/04/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Decentralized Clinical Trials and Digital Health: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of Recent FDA Guidance

09/28/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Automate Clinical Documents with Generative AI

09/21/2023 - Webinar: Cloud hosted LIMS - 10 Things to Know Before You Jump

09/20/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Creating your Digital Lab of the Future: Blueprint for Next-Generation Laboratories

 Upcoming Trade Events

11/16/2023 - Paperless Lab Academy 2023 - USA

09/06/2023 - ACM-BCB 2023

 LIMS Bid Opportunities

12/31/2023 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System for Laboratory eTools Repository

08/31/2023 - Request for Proposals: CDC Chemical Inventory & Waste Management System

08/30/2023 - Request for Proposals: Safety Data Sheet and Chemical Inventory Management Solution

08/29/2023 - Request for Proposals: Laboratory Request Web Portal

08/25/2023 - Request for Proposal: Laboratory Information Management System

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