April 11, 2024
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 22, Issue 15


In This Issue

 Featured Books

LIMSjournal - Spring 2024

 Featured Content

Avoiding Virtual Data Silos

Decoupling data inputs from their isolated sources continues to be challenging for organizations. Data silos not only hinder organizational collaboration and decision making but also undermine an organization’s ability to unlock the potential of its most precious resource—its data. Advancements like cloud computing, platforms, and blockchain are giving most organizations the tools to transition away from traditional, physical data silos. [Read More]

Can the LabLynx ELab LIMS be integrated with any lab instrument?

Most laboratory instruments can be integrated with a LIMS to some extent, but the feasibility and ease of integration can vary significantly depending on several factors. The LabLynx ELab LIMS can interface with 98% of commercially produced instruments (simple, uni-directional, bi-directional), allowing for seamless data transfer, whether it is through file exports, FTP, APIs, or serial or network connections. LabLynx is only limited by the instrument’s ability to integrate, not ELab’s ability to integrate. [Read  More]

Explore the QLIMS New Version 9.4

Welcome to the next generation of laboratory management software! OnQ Software is excited to announce the launch of QLIMS New Version 9.4, our latest update packed with new features and enhancements designed to streamline your laboratory operations. [Read More]

What are the key elements of a LIMS for forensics and medical examiners?

Forensics and medical examiners' labs can be diverse places, with a wide variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines, creating a wide variety of information and data and requiring a wide variety of methods and procedures. A base set of forensic science LIMS functionality can improve efficiencies, manage workflows, improve information and data security, and better provide integrity to evidence and data provenance through chain of custody and audit trail mechanisms.  [Read More]

STARLIMS Spends 4 Quarters as G2 Leader in Lab Informatics

STARLIMS sweeps G2’s Spring 2024 rankings for laboratory informatics, a stronghold maintained for 4 consecutive quarters. STARLIMS leads in ELN, LIMS, and SDMS. [Read More]

Informatics Systems: A Serving of Alphabet Soup

Depending on how long you have been working in the lab informatics industry, you may have noticed that the list of acronyms feels almost endless. Since this blog was first written more than 10 years ago, that list of acronyms has only grown. This blog post updates the original list to provide insight into an expanded list of the most common acronyms.  [Read More]

What’s Important When Selecting a LIMS?

When selecting a laboratory information management system (LIMS), whether it’s your first or you’re replacing an existing solution, the temptation is to concentrate solely on your user requirements. It really does make sense to document these and match them to the features of potential LIMS products. However, remember that it is extremely unlikely, if not impossible, that any LIMS will exactly meet your needs when delivered out-of-the-box, and anyway those needs will certainly change over time. [Read More]

 Journal Articles

04/10/2024 - Conversion of a classical microbiology laboratory to a total automation laboratory enhanced by the application of lean principles

In this 2024 article published in the journal Microbiology Spectrum, Trigueiro et al. "explore the relative impact of laboratory automation and continuous improvement events (CIEs) on productivity and [turnaround times (TATs)]" in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Noting numerous advantages to applying the concept of total laboratory automation (TLA), the authors implemented WASPLab and VITEK MS and compared pre-conversion workflow results with post-conversion workflow results. The group also incorporated change management, CIEs, and key performance indicators (KPIs). They concluded that "conversion resulted in substantial improvements in KPIs. While automation alone substantially improved TAT and productivity, the subsequent implementation of lean management further unlocked the potential of laboratory automation through the streamlining of the processes involved." However, they also noted that while effective, some cost is involved with TLA, and labs need "to find ways of maximizing the benefits of the use of [laboratory automation] technology."

 Upcoming Webinars

05/08/2024 - Astrix Webinar – The Value of using Structured Content & Data Management (SCDM) in biotech and pharmaceutical product development

04/25/2024 - Webinar: Driving Quality and Safety Management Systems In Your Laboratory Using LIMS

04/24/2024 - Webinar: A Team Approach to Your LabVantage LIMS Implementation

04/24/2024 - Astrix Webinar – Streamlining your Environmental Monitoring Workflow in SampleManager LIMS

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