September 6, 2018
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 16, Issue 36


In This Issue

 Upcoming Webinars


09/12/2018 - Webinar: Strategies for Reducing Analytical Interferences in the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory

09/19/2018 - Overcoming SampleManager LIMS™ Upgrade Challenges

 Journal Articles

Promoting data sharing among Indonesian scientists: A proposal of a generic university-level research data management plan (RDMP)

In this 2018 paper by Irawan and Rachmi, a proposed research data management plan (RDMP) for the university ecosystem is proposed. After introducing the concept of an RDMP and the layout, the authors describe seven major components to their plan, in the form of an assessment form: data collection; documentation and metadata; storage and backup; preservation; sharing and re-use; responsibilities and resources; and ethics and legal compliance. They conclude that the assessment form can help researchers "to describe the setting of their research and data management requirements from a potential funder ... [and] also develop a more detailed RDMP to cater to a specific project's environment."
 Featured Books

The Semantic Web Explained

 Featured Discussions

09/05/2018 - Documentation on Telepath

08/29/2018 - Key Performance Indicators

08/24/2018 - Using Adobe's Certificate/Signature functionality for documents

08/20/2018 - LIMS Integrated with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in a clinical laboratory

08/20/2018 - The Secret Future of LinkedIn

08/14/2018 - Impact of AI on Business and Society

08/08/2018 - Excel Validation

08/07/2018 - User requirements specification (URS) writing


Utilizing Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for Lab Automation

In many scientific laboratories, routine laboratory operations are still carried out using manual, paper-based systems. Paper-based systems can be everything from transcribing instrument test results to managing inventories and documenting and scheduling instrument calibrations on spreadsheets.  Lab automation is a critical business re-engineering that is enabled and optimized with the implementation of a good LIMS solution.  Without the core LIMS technology, true lab automation can not be achieved and reliance on paper will continue to hold back growth. This reliance on paper has many negative side effects:
  • decreases the efficiency of the laboratory workplace
  • stifles innovation by forcing scientists into manual activities when they could be doing actual science
  • leaves the laboratory vulnerable to having valuable data misplaced, lost or destroyed
  • creates data integrity issues due to manual data transcription
  • exposes the company to regulatory risk due to data integrity and audit trail challenges
Informatics solutions, such a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), have been widely adopted across industries in order to meet these challenges. While LIMS provide a diverse array of functionality that serves to improve laboratory operations, the most important feature of a LIMS may be the ability to automate manual processes. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most important ways that LIMS can help automate your laboratory.


Ask the Consultants: Instrument Integration Advice

It is well established within the laboratory informatics community that integrating your lab instruments to your LIMS is an industry best practice.  The benefits one can realize through instrument integration include:
  • Improving lab and technician efficiency
  • Reducing sample turnaround time, increasing sample throughput
  • Increasing researcher effectiveness (do more science)
  • Increasing data quality through the elimination of transcription errors
  • Increasing regulatory compliance and data integrity
  • Improving user and stakeholder satisfaction
Many laboratory organizations, although cognizant of the benefits, end up putting off integrating their lab instruments to their LIMS.  This is often relegated to Phase 2 of the LIMS project which often never gets kicked off, which is bad news.  If you are one of those labs that have not integrated your instruments to your LIMS, and realize those benefits.

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09/06/2018 - Matrix Gemini LIMS Improves Efficiency In Biomass Laboratory

09/06/2018 - XIFIN Unveils LIS 5 to Help Labs Improve Patient Outcomes, Optimize Operations and Support Precision Medicine Programs

08/29/2018 - New ELN Template and Mobile Apps in the STARLIMS Content Library

 Upcoming Trade Events

09/24/2018 - International Conference on Digital Information Management

09/26/2018 - INFORMATIK 2018

10/02/2018 - World of Technology & Science 2018

10/05/2018 - HIS 2018

10/09/2018 - STARLIMS Connect 2018

Please join us for the 2018 Abbott Informatics Customer Forum at the JW Marriott in Miami, Florida, October 9-12, 2018. We’ve designed the conference this year, with 2 tracks, an educational track and a technical track to offer content relevant to everyone that touches STARLIMS. From executives, managers, developers, and end-users, to those new to STARLIMS and long-term loyal customers, there will be something for everyone!

10/31/2018 - Lab Innovations 2018

11/13/2018 - LIMS-Forum 2018

 Bid Opportunities

09/10/2018 - Request for Proposal - Professional Services to Support Internal Development of a Medical Examiner's Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

DUE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2018, 2:00 PM Tarrant County is requesting proposals for PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO SUPPORT INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT OF A MEDICAL EXAMINERS LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LIMS) for the MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFFICE. RFP No. 2018-164 All documents related to this Proposal are available for download from the Bids/Requests for Proposals (RFPs) section of the Purchasing Page on the Tarrant County website.

09/14/2018 - Request for Proposal: Laboratory Information Management System (UW-Mad)

10/10/2018 - Request for Tender: ACT Pathology Laboratory Information System

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CSols Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Autoscribe / Autoscribe Informatics, Inc.
LabLynx, Inc.
Abbott Informatics Corporation
Blaze Systems Corporation
Astrix Technology Group
ApolloLims / Common Cents Systems, Inc.
Computing Solutions, Inc.
Psyche Systems

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