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Webinar: A Guide for Laboratory Systems Management, Part 5: Supporting Laboratory Systems

April 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The previous webinars have progressed from the descriptions of laboratory technologies to choosing some components, the financial justification for their use, and the beginnings of describing the topology and distribution of lab informatics. In the course of those sessions, we began looking at the need for outside support for the systems under consideration: what help do you need when carrying out this work, and where will it come from?

This webinar will continue the development of that topic. What roles do lab personnel and corporate IT support play in identifying technologies, selecting products, implementing them, and providing for long-term support? Is there a need for additional players in this work and what are their roles?

Why is this important to you? We’re past the point where traditional IT backgrounds are sufficient to support laboratory work. While the ability to effectively apply the available technologies, and identify missing components, is outside the experience of most lab personnel and IT support, it is an essential need if we are going to meet the growing productivity and return on investment (ROI) demands of laboratory work. This presentation will look at how we develop people to fit that need.


A Guide for Management: Successfully Applying Laboratory Systems to Your Organization’s Work is a webinar series designed as a management level view of laboratory systems and is appropriate for anyone planning, reviewing, or approving the acquisition of laboratory informatics. A background in science is not necessary to follow the webinar material.  Its purpose is to provide you with an understanding of how these technologies (Laboratory Information Management Systems, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, Scientific Data Management Systems, Laboratory Execution Systems, Instrument Data Systems, and supporting technologies ) can be used to support or improve your labs operations, and the considerations that need to be taken into account before they are purchased.

This subject will probably span more than one webinar session. We will look at the:

•        Methodologies for planning for laboratory systems, where do you start, when do you start, and who should be involved
•        The roles of regulatory guidelines in different laboratories
•        Roles that laboratory management, personnel and IT support groups play
•        The changes taking place in laboratory work and the backgrounds needed to be successful
•        The efforts needed to supporting the technical work and meeting ROI and performance goals