Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are known to deliver substantial efficiencies to laboratory operations. From sample management, data comparison and reporting, LIMS can transform the most time-consuming, mundane and critical tasks to simple, easy-to-complete tasks within a click of a button. So, why doesn’t every lab have a LIMS?
Advancements in technology have allowed the availability and delivery of software to be quicker, more secure and more reliable. If you’re still using on-premise LIMS, here are a few reasons why you should consider switching to SaaS LIMS.
At the beginning of the year, setting goals and resolutions is tradition. Why not start the year with looking at how your laboratory can implement new and smarter ways of working? Evaluating your current working practices is a great start to assess where you can remove non-value-added steps to increase the amount of time you spend on value-added steps of your process. Sample analysis processes can easily be streamlined and improved with the help of an intuitive and easy-to-use LIMS such as LabHQ. Here’s where LabHQ can help you work smarter in your lab.
As a laboratory that has already made the leap from paper to LIMS, moving away from LIMS would be a step backwards, and certainly wouldn’t be the favourable option if your LIMS is no longer supported. What do you do when your LIMS supplier has discontinued service? In this blog, we go through the key areas to consider, so you don’t have to roll back to paper-based systems.
Have you ever stepped into a lab, and it looks like it was lost in time? No computers. Data recorded in paper notebooks. Equipment over twenty years old. If this sounds like your lab, and you’re ready to bring it back to the future, here are a few modern practices that LIMS can help you upgrade to.
If there is a word that you can say to most laboratory professionals to make them cringe, LIMS would be up there. Why has LIMS gained such a bad reputation in industry?
The key to a successful deployment of a LIMS in your laboratory is simple and it is to choose the LIMS provider that most suits the needs of your company. There are many LIMS providers to choose from and each with their own individual USP’s - the important thing is to find the one that is right for you. A LIMS is currently highly sought after by many laboratories as it can solve many of the issues that laboratories face such as time management, sample tracking and assisting in the gaining of accreditation. Indeed, many regulatory bodies would now expect a LIMS to be installed in certain laboratories as it is the most reliable method of data storage and ensuring the integrity of data. However, many laboratories are failing in their deployment of LIMS projects and these are just a few of the reasons why:
Looking for the right LIMS for your laboratory can take up a lot of time. As a bare minimum, you’ll need a clear understanding of your requirements and arrange demonstrations, so you can get a feel for what the LIMS can deliver for your lab. In this blog, we highlight some of the key areas to consider when you are selecting a LIMS.
A lot of laboratories that look to implement LIMS often enquire about equipment and third-party software integration. With an aim to go completely paperless, it is beneficial
Communication is a key part of working as a team, delivering on business objectives, and meeting customer expectations. When you’re working in a laboratory, there are many opportunities to communicate effectively to avoid disappointment.