Scientific organizations face ever increasing pressure from business stakeholders to reduce costs while improving operational efficiency, scalability, and agility. Laboratory research is more complicated and dependent on informatics than ever. IT organizations are seeking a solution through the development and deployment of an integrated laboratory informatics strategy and infrastructure.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is our nation’s medical research agency and strives to make scientific discoveries that improve health and save lives. Founded in 1870, the NIH conducts its own scientific research through its Intramural Research Program (IRP), which supports approximately 1,200 principal investigators and more than 4,000 postdoctoral fellows conducting basic, translational and clinical research. In this blog, we will highlight recent ground-breaking NIH research.
Further expanding its growing distributor network Autoscribe Informatics has appointed Sciencescope Ltd. as a distributor in Africa. Based in Kenya, Sciencescope will distribute and support the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products.
Comprehensive guide to all aspects of testing and information management related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. Amidst the rapidly-changing and conflicting messages surrounding testing in the current pandemic, LabLynx, Inc., has published a free online book of carefully researched and fully cited news, facts and resources to serve as a reference for the laboratory and laboratory informatics industry.
In this 2020 article published in Journal of Pathology Informatics, Durant et al. of the Yale New Haven Health system present the results of their attempt to automate the identification and notification of laboratory biospecimens for biomedical researchers. Noting biospecimens' value to basic, translational, and clinical research, the authors wanted to get around the "technical, logistic, regulatory, and ethical challenges" of accessing biospecimen data. They developed Prism, a tool built on open-source technology for efficiently identifying and notifying investigators of biospecimen availability in real time. The authors present details of two use cases and conclude that their "solution is highly scalable to meet the needs of even large academic centers and reference laboratories," while also guaranteeing that the virtualization of the associated workflow "within a microservices environment does not introduce a performance penalty."