Upcoming Webinars

04/26/2018 - Webinar: A Guide for Laboratory Systems Management, Part 5: Supporting Laboratory Systems

 Featured Books

The Complete Guide to LIMS & Laboratory Informatics

 Journal Articles

Big data and public health systems: Issues and opportunities

This 2018 article published in International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence sees Rosas and Carnicero provide their professional take—from their experience with the Spanish and other European public health system—on the benefits and challenges of implementing big data management solutions in the world of health care. After citing numbers on public and private health expenditures in relation to population, as well as reviewing literature on the subject of bid data in healthcare, the authors provide insight into some of the data systems, how they're used, and what challenges their implementation pose. They conclude that "the implementation of big data must be one of the main instruments for change in the current health system model, changing it into one with improved effectiveness and efficiency, taking into account both healthcare and economic outcomes of health services."

Informatics metrics and measures for a smart public health systems approach: Information science perspective

In this 2017 paper published in Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, Carney and Shea of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill take a closer look at what drives intelligent public health system characteristics, and they provide insights into measures and capabilities vital to the public health informatician. They conclude that "[a] common set of analytic measures and capabilities that can drive efficiency and viable models can demonstrate how incremental changes in smartness generate corresponding changes in public health performance." This work builds on existing literature and seeks "to establish standardized measures for smart, learning, and adaptive public health systems."

The development of the Public Health Research Data Management System

van Gaans et al. of the University of South Australia and James Cook University needed a system that provides data management functionality for the specific needs of a public health research organization, including data sharing and reuse. They needed a system that would "ensure that: data that are unmanaged be managed, data that are disconnected be connected, data that are invisible be findable, [and] data that are single use be reusable, within a structured collection." In this journal article, the group documents the development of their answer: the Public Health Data Management System (PHRDMS).
 Featured Discussions

03/07/2018 - APHA opens public access to firearms research published in American Journal of Public Health

03/07/2018 - Does HIPAA Protect All Health Information?

03/03/2018 - Can digital therapeutics solve the global obesity problem?


Importance of Well-annotated Biospecimen for Clinical Research

A Core Lab Means Business: Best Practices for the Bottom Line

The Astrix Approach: Practical Enterprise Architecture for the Laboratory


03/21/2018 - LIMS Specialist Autoscribe Informatics to Exhibit at Analytica 

03/21/2018 - XIFIN Joins ASCP “Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa” Coalition in the Global Fight Against Cancer

03/21/2018 - LabKey Server v18.1 Now Available

 Upcoming Trade Events

04/02/2018 - MEDLAB Asia Pacific 2018

04/17/2018 - Connecting Healthcare IT 2018

04/17/2018 - INTERPHEX 2018

05/15/2018 - Bio-IT World Conference and Expo 2018

05/15/2018 - UK e-Health Week 2018

05/27/2018 - HIMSS Europe 2018

 Bid Opportunities

03/23/2018 - Invitation to Bid: Provision of a Laboratory Information Management System and Related Support Services for a Three Year Period

03/29/2018 - Request for Bid: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

03/30/2018 - Request for Information: Clinical Trial Support Services

04/04/2018 - Request for Proposal: Laboratory Analysis Services

04/04/2018 - Informal Request for Proposal: Chronic Opioid Laboratory Monitoring Assessment

04/12/2018 - Request for Proposal: Genetic Testing Laboratory Services

04/18/2018 - Request for Quote: Laboratory Testing Services: Soil, Concrete, Grout, Asphalt, and Aggregate Testing