A Laboratory Information Management System, also known as LIMS, is software that will allow you to better manage samples and the data associated with them. By using this type of system, your lab can better automate workflows, integrate instruments, and manage samples. You can also get results more quickly and can tack data over time to help improve efficiency.
Benefits of the System
This system can do more than just track samples. Since modern genomics generates an unprecedented amount of data, it can be tough to manage everything. This is where this type of system has many benefits. It can help with sample accessioning to avoid using spreadsheets and whiteboards to standardize sample data. This allows you to save time and reduce errors by entering information in the system once, and then you can access samples with manual entry or barcode scanning. It can also help with quality control. With a standardized process, you can prevent poor quality samples from processing. It helps you to know where the samples are going, so you can prevent the use of expired lots. You can upload data directly to the LIMS from the instrument to monitor runs, prioritize runs, and perform batch runs. It can also reduce human error that occurs with manual data entry and save time and money by reducing mistakes.
What to Know about Introducing the System
Before introducing new technology into a laboratory, make sure you think about what you actually need. Choosing the right platform will help ensure that your financial investment in the system is well spent. There are questions you can ask yourself before buying a LIMS that could be helpful in finding the right one. Does the solution require high end IT skilled users? You need to make sure that you have the right skill set in your employees to implement the new solution. If you don’t, you will need to find the resources to help out with the new system. It’s better to choose a solution that your employees can use, so you don’t have to increase your costs to implement. Decide how long you can wait for your new system to go live. If you are using an out-of-box solution, it can be installed in just a few easy steps. However, if you are doing some customization, then the time period can be extended. You need to know how long you have before you need the system up and running in order choose the right system. Know if there are any regulatory requirements that need to taken care of by the system as well. The medical field can be highly regulated, but not many people will take this into consideration when choosing a system. Effectiveness and efficiency are important, but the lab must also follow the rules and a good system will help you do so.