June 16, 2020
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 18, Issue 24


In This Issue

 Featured Books

COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

 Featured Content

06/16/2020 - How to Ensure Value from your Lab Informatics Implementation

Picture this—it’s the day that the lab informatics system you’ve needed for years finally goes live. You hear the cheers, you see the smiles on everyone’s faces, there’s excitement from the end users to learn the new system, and your boss can see the value of the system you implemented. It’s a happy day. If...

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06/16/2020 - Abbott Informatics Plays Integral Role in Supporting the Public Health COVID-19 Response

STARLIMS PH has enabled CDC and other public health agencies to reduce test turnaround time, eliminate the manual data entry process, and increase the throughput for testing during the during the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/16/2020 - SCC adds new product to our Research Information System Suite product catalogue

BIO BANK IMG-draft 02After 40 years our primary focus remains to provide laboratories with world-wide powerful and flexible software tools enabling them to compete in a highly competitive clinical diagnostics marketplace.  Applying technology to create the most advanced—and most cost-effective—healthcare IT solutions continues to be our strategy as we introduce SoftBiobank™ to our Research Information Systems Suite.

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06/16/2020 - How Labs and Businesses Can Work Together to Reopen Safely

How Labs and Businesses Can Work Together to Reopen Safely

As the nations of the world begin transitioning from flattening the curve to cautiously beginning to resume doing business, the focus is turning to how best to prevent a “second wave” - and in fact to operate over the long term in the face of potential similar pandemics. Experts tell us this may only be the beginning, and that the likelihood is that new zoonotic viruses will arise with increasing frequency as we continue to disrupt natural habitats to accommodate the ever-increasing human population.

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06/15/2020 - PCR and Diagnostics: COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Serious Issues

PCR and Diagnostics: COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Serious Issues

There has been recent discussion of the lack of accuracy of COVID-19 tests - both virus (rRT-PCR), which has been widely regarded as “the gold standard”, and antibody assays. The issue with PCR is not with the methods themselves, but the degree of human error that creeps in due to the complexity of the workflow - including pre-analytical sample handling, which can account for up to 68% of errors according to a recent paper, with overall inaccuracies of up to 41%.

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 Journal Articles

06/09/2020 - Laboratory testing methods for novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

In this 2020 article published in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, D'Cruz et al. provide an overview of the current laboratory methods available to test for coronaviruses, with a focus on SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. After providing an introduction to COVID-19 and its virus, the authors discuss the most common methods—such as qRT-PCR, ELISA, and LFI—as well as emerging diagnostic methods involving isothermal nucleic acid amplification, CRISPR, and NGS. They conclude with several visuals comparing the methods and when they are used, and they emphasize the importance of these test methods (as well as laboratory preparedness) in addressing rapidly evolving viral infection scenarios.

Data Analytics and Visualization in Health Care

This is a Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) course that is released on the edX platform. The eight-week course is designed for students to learn how "to extract, analyze, and interpret data from patient health records, insurance claims, financial records, and more to tell a compelling and actionable story using health care data analytics." The course is free to take, with a Verified Certificate of completion available for $249. The course requires on average eight to 10 hours a week of effort. Access to the class begins June 15, 2020.
 Upcoming Webinars

06/18/2020 - High-Throughput Molecular Biology From Your Living Room

06/24/2020 - Astrix Webinar – Planning and Executing a LabVantage LIMS Validation

07/09/2020 - Getting started with LIMS through Matrix Express

 Other News

06/16/2020 - ACD/Labs' Educational Software Package for Drawing Chemical Structures Achieves Key Milestone

06/09/2020 - Proscia’s Concentriq Digital Pathology Software Has Been Deployed By UNITY Biotechnology to Accelerate Research and Development

 Bid Opportunities

06/29/2020 - Request for Proposals: Development of Laboratory Information Management System

06/29/2020 - Request for Renewals and Applications: Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) Analytical Support Services

07/06/2020 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System

07/17/2020 - Request for Tenders: Laboratory Information Management System for Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

07/31/2020 - Request for Tender: Laboratory Information Management System for Pathology

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