We go back in time a year for this brief paper published by Swaminathan et al. of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. The researchers present their experiences handling the nuances of transferring large genomic data files of individual patients to a sequencing lab, all while handling the security and privacy protections surrounding the data. Handling only 19 patients' genomic files, at least initially, presented a number of workflow and protocol challenges for both hospital and laboratory. They conclude with barriers (file size and workflow management consistency) and suggestions (EHR-based alerts, blockchain) about what could be improved with such data transfers in the future to better realize the "massive potential to leverage genomic data to advance human health overall."
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.