June 13, 2018
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 16, Issue 24


In This Issue


A Guide for Management: Successfully Applying Laboratory Systems to Your Organization’s Work

This recorded Lab Informatics Tutorial series is 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 presented 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/improve your labs operations, and the considerations that need to be taken into account before they are purchased.
 Upcoming Webinars

06/14/2018 - Webinar: LIMS for Contract Labs - Implementing the Perfect LIMS for a Contract Laboratory

06/20/2018 - Webinar: How to choose the right ELN for your organization

06/21/2018 - Webinar: A Guide for Laboratory Systems Management, Part 7: Laboratory Processes

 Journal Articles

Developing a file system structure to solve healthcare big data storage and archiving problems using a distributed file system

There's been plenty of talk about bid data management over the past few years, particularly in the domain of software-based management of said data. But what of the IT infrastructure, particularly in the world of heathcare, where file size and number continue to grow? Ergüzen and Ünver describe in this 2018 paper published in Applied Sciences how they researched and developed a modern file system structure that handles the intricacies of big data in healthcare for Kırıkkale University. After discussing big data problems and common architectures, the duo lay out the various puzzle pieces that make up their file system, reporting system performance "97% better than the NoSQL system, 80% better than the RDBMS, and 74% better than the operating system" via improvements in read-write performance, robustness, load balancing, integration, security, and scalability.

DataCare: Big data analytics solution for intelligent healthcare management

In this 2018 paper published in the International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence , Baldominos et al. present DataCare, a scalable healthcare data management solution built on a big data architecture to improve healthcare performance, including patient outcomes. Designed to provide "a complete architecture to retrieve data from sensors installed in the healthcare center, process and analyze it, and finally obtain relevant information, which is displayed in a user-friendly dashboard," the researchers explain the architecture and how it was evaluated in a real-life facility in Madrid, Spain. They also explain how key performance indicators are affected and how the system could be improved in the future.

Importance of LIMS for Biobanks

Any entity that stores biological samples can be called a Biobank. However, the term ‘Biobank’ is most commonly used for entities that store biological specimens on a large scale to provide them as a service for internal or external entities like researchers. Biobanks have to offer unbiased and high-quality samples using well-designed and documented procedures. This ensures a biological specimen is kept in a controlled environment and guarantees the ethical aspect of sample collection.

What the New FDA Guidance for ICH GCP E6 R2 Means for Sponsors and CROs

FDA Guidance for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international quality standard defined by the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) that governs ethical and scientific considerations for designing, conducting, recording and reporting trials involving human subjects. Compliance with FDA Guidance for GCP in clinical trials helps to assure that the rights, well-being and safety of trial participants are protected and that the data generated in the trial is credible.

Commmon Causes of LIMS Implementation Failures

Due to the complex processes and technologies utilized in labs, and the many different aspects of the enterprise that laboratory systems touch, success in laboratory information management system (LIMS) projects can be difficult to achieve.

Benefits and Best Practices for Integrating Laboratory Instruments with LIMS

Due to technological advances in laboratory instruments and higher throughput processes, data volumes in modern analytical laboratories have increased dramatically over the last several decades. While this increased data volume presents the opportunity to improve innovation and enable timely and effective business decisions, it also presents significant data management and processing challenges. In order to meet the challenge of turning this data into knowledge, laboratories are looking to automate and integrate laboratory operations and processes as much as possible in order to provide digital continuity throughout the product lifecycle.

American Whistleblower, Test America, Hunters Point Shipyard Cover-up and Michael Madry

A major cover-up of the Hunters Point shipyard was the falsification of asbestos tests by Test America formerly owned by H.I.G. Capital whose owners were also bundling money to Hillary Clinton. They fired Test America Quality Assurance Manager Michael Madry who blew the whistle.
 Featured Discussions

06/07/2018 - For a GxP system, How to conduct Risk impact determination? Who will drive this exercise? Who are all to be consulted? Is there anything like Risk level VsTest level Matrix?

06/05/2018 - Apple announces it is opening its Health Records API to developers & says that the encrypted #DigitalHealth "data flows directly from HealthKit to the third-party app and is not sent to Apple’s server

06/04/2018 - Microsoft buys Github. What are your thoughts?

06/03/2018 - Lab Sample management

06/03/2018 - New Phase addition to V Model accelerates GMP Automations in Pharma Industry!!!We have seen success in this model. Request your expert views on this please

05/31/2018 - Government investigation finds federal agencies failing at cyber


06/13/2018 - 3P Biopharmaceuticals is incorporating a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

06/13/2018 - Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens U.S. Precision Medicine Science Center

06/13/2018 - Materials Testing and Inspection Services Company Alaska Testlab Selects Agile Frameworks for Improved Operational Efficiency

06/13/2018 - Tree View Control Added To Matrix Gemini LIMS

 Upcoming Trade Events

06/21/2018 - International Conference on Health Informatics 2018

07/29/2018 - Clinical Lab Expo 2018

09/10/2018 - Smartlab Forum

09/17/2018 - Genome Informatics 2018

10/31/2018 - Lab Innovations 2018

11/13/2018 - LIMS-Forum 2018

 Bid Opportunities

06/20/2018 - Request for Bid: Laboratory Services for Air Quality

06/25/2018 - Laboratory Inventory Management System - Request for Information

The City of Grand Junction, Colorado, Utilities Department (City) is soliciting Information for a Laboratory Inventory Management System (LIMS). The City will evaluate responses to this RFI to establish budgetary and functional requirements for an anticipated future procurement.

06/27/2018 - Request for Offer - Laboratory Data System

Laboratory Data System using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model for the Manatee County, Florida Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Laboratory.

07/26/2018 - Contract Notice: NHS Lanarkshire Laboratory Management System

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Computing Solutions, Inc.
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