February 21, 2018 - Abbott Informatics STARLIMS Clinical Solution Helps Precision Diagnostics Achieve Compliance And Retain Customers
San Diego-based drug testing firm Precision Diagnostics offers next generation saliva and urine drug testing for toxicology and drug compliance monitoring. Established in 2011, the firm works with physicians, hospitals, insurance firms and employers, in areas spanning hepatitis treatment compliance, opioid addiction testing and drug-drug interaction analysis.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked and under-implemented interfaces is the simple but powerful barcode. Barcodes have been around for many years in consumer spaces – but what can they do for a laboratory? The answer largely depends on what kind of technology is used: traditional barcodes or Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).
With the increasing legalization of both adult recreational and medical cannabis, there is a need for robust and reliable cannabis analytical testing to ensure consumer safety and drug potency. Cannabis testing laboratories receive high volumes of test requests from cannabis cultivators for testing quantitative and qualitative aspects of the plant. As the volume of tests each lab performs increases, the need for laboratories to make effective use of time and resource management, such as ensuring accurate and quick results, reports, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and many other aspects of data management becomes vital in staying competitive. To achieve this, a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) can play a vital role in addressing the data management challenges, maximizing automation, and in complying with the regulatory requirements.
The following blog will detail SampleManager LIMS Instrument integration best practices and procedures to ensure success.
Technological advances in laboratory instrumentation, along with higher throughput processes, have led to massive increases in the volume of analytical data. One of the main challenges faced by organizations today is turning this vast amount of data into useful information that fuels innovation and enables timely and effective business decisions. In order to manage and process these growing data volumes effectively, laboratories are looking to automate and integrate laboratory operations and processes as much as possible.
In the race to patent or publish, time is critical. For any researcher, securing Intellectual Property (IP) is equally critical. In order to receive a patent on an invention, inventors must be able to document the work they did to prove that the invention substantially performs against the claim. Additionally, this proof must be corroborated by someone (e.g., custodian of records) not directly involved in the work. Effective documentation and corroboration of the work done on an invention is also necessary to protect IP against challenges to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and possible litigation from competing inventors.
The failure rate of Lab Informatics Projects is notoriously high. A recent survey by cloud portfolio management provider Innotas found that over half of businesses surveyed had experienced a lab informatics project failure within the previous 12 months. For any business considering a laboratory informatics project, this is not an encouraging statistic. How does one determine that a lab informatics project has failed? There are, in fact, a number of key metrics that should be used to determine success or failure.
Core Informatics provides a state of the art laboratory information management system (LIMS) built on the Platform for Science (PFS) – a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that enables web-based informatics in the cloud. The web-based nature of Core LIMS allows for scalability, support for multiple sites, and 24-hour remote access without the need for any client-side installation. Core LIMS provides a wide array of highly configurable functionality to meet the needs of the customer.
Just like you make New Year’s Resolutions for yourself, it is important to make some for your lab and its informatics systems (LIMS, ELN, SDMS, CDS, etc.), too. We have compiled a list of the top 4 Lab Informatics New Year’s Resolutions for your review and edification.
January 24, 2018 - Colibri Scientific Manages Studies and Streamlines its Entire Sample Operations using CloudLIMS Lite
Clinical LIMS Case Study: Colibri Scientific, a UK based company, provides flexible clinical sample services to clinical investigators, biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations running early phase clinical studies. Colibri Scientific understands the importance of quality samples in research, therefore, efficiently manages each and every aspect of sample operations during the entire sample life cycle.
CloudLIMS is pleased to announce its participation at the 4th Annual Emerald Conference, hosted at the Hyatt Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, CA, USA, from February 15-16, 2018. The 2018 Emerald Conference Organizing Committee is hosting a dedicated poster session for the first time in 2018. Our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Arun Apte, is presenting a poster entitled “Cloud-based LIMS: A Quintessential Data Management and Workflow Automation Solution for Cannabis Testing Laboratories”
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is used by laboratories to develop their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations. This series of articles examines how a well configured LIMS, such as Matrix Gemini, can make a significant contribution to the fulfilment of ISO 17025 requirements in areas over and above the direct management of data related to sampling, testing and reporting. In Part 1 of the series we looked at how Matrix Gemini can help with the management of documents, while Part 2 focused on the management of corrective and preventative actions (CAPA).
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new 16 page white paper entitled ‘Regulating Our Future – why food regulation needs to change and how we are going to do it’. The FSA is responsible for ensuring that an effective regulatory policy is in place to verify that food businesses meet their obligation to ensure that food is both safe and is what it says it is. This new document consistently highlights the importance of accurately reported data going forward, and for food manufacturers and processors, the use of an appropriately configured Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) could be an extremely important tool to help meet these requirements.
January 18, 2018 - Improving Efficiency in Delivering Clinical Laboratory Results Using a Cloud-based LIMS
The move from strictly paper-based processes in the clinical research laboratory to processes that are more automated and paperless has been ongoing for several decades. Driving this change has been the promise of greater laboratory efficiency and more time for laboratorians to focus on other aspects of the lab. This move from paper to electronic information management has required a solid in-house information technology (IT) foundation that includes investment in hardware, data management software like a laboratory information management system (LIMS), middleware, and IT personnel to manage it all.
2017 has been characterized by daily chaos, uncertainty and loud voices shouting at one another from polarized positions. What will 2018 bring? As we look back at 2017, what were the main substantive changes that have occurred in the laboratory informatics space and how will those impact 2018? In a 2017 Review of Laboratory Informatics…
Below is a discussion that I recently posted on Linkedin. If you use #Slack or are considering it within your work environment, you will want to check out this lively discussion:
One of our past blogs entitled “Top 5 LIMS and LIMS Consulting Myths – Busted!” was met with great enthusiasm. Interestingly, several of the comments on this blog pointed out other LIMS myths and misconceptions. After reviewing these and taking stock with several of my fellow lab informatics aficionados, we have decided to revisit this topic and present here several more LIMS myths that deserve public busting.
Let’s explore some of the holiday planning and preparation tactics that can be leveraged to help make your LIMS project a true celebration.
November 29, 2017 - Improving the Efficiency of Cannabis Testing Laboratories using Affordable Cloud-based Lab Information Management System (LIMS)
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a flowering plant indigenous to Central and South Asia. The plant has been valued since ancient times for its psychoactive, medicinal, and fibrous properties. With the increasing legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis, there is a need for robust and reliable cannabis analytical testing to ensure consumer safety and potency.
Virtually every corner of our life is touched by ISO standards. What began as a method for standardizing weights and measures has evolved into both a philosophy and a series of processes that maintain quality in just about everything we encounter on a day to day basis. Our health and safety, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the toys our children play with, the medical devices at the local hospital, the environment around us — they are all impacted in one way or another by the governing principle behind ISO: maintaining the reliability and efficiency of products and services in our lives.
Matrix Scheduler is an optional module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics. Users can automatically schedule reports, worklists, registration of samples and more. In this way activities can be managed more efficiently and significant savings in staff time can be made.