April 21, 2021
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 19, Issue 16


In This Issue

 Featured Books

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

 Featured Content

04/20/2021 - Astrix to Present Keynote Address at 2021 Virtual STARLIMS Connect

Please join us for the 2021 Virtual STARLIMS Connect taking place April 27-29, 2021. This year’s conference is complimentary and completely virtual event with all of the same benefits as our live events including keynote addresses, a customer panel where you will hear directly from your colleagues, networking opportunities, poster sessions and much more!

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04/20/2021 - Abbott's Informatics Business Announces the Release of Starlims Life Sciences V11.2

STARLIMS Life Sciences Solution v11.2 is built on the latest Technology Platform v12.1. This version of the Technology Platform supports the Code Layering feature which manages customizations completed to the core product in a new layer, making it easier to implement future product upgrades.

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04/20/2021 - MRC The Gambia Chooses Matrix Gemini LIMS to Drive Automation and Efficiency

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG), a major center for medical research excellence in West Africa, has chosen Matrix Gemini LIMS to manage data in its laboratories. The LIMS links with the in-house Electronic Medical Records System (EMRS), and multiple equipment and instruments systems in its three...

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04/20/2021 - Practical Applications of an SDMS

One of the biggest issues facing laboratories is what to do with all of the data that accumulates every day. Organizations are increasingly aware of the value of that untapped data. If you are considering adding a Scientific Data Management System (SDMS) to your lab informatics portfolio, you may be wondering how to...

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04/20/2021 - ISO 17025 and More - What's Next for Cannabis Testing Labs?

CannaQA: One LIMS for Multi-State Cannabis Testing

The rapid pace of cannabis legalization led to a mad scramble as laboratories entered the cannabis testing market. But that rush established poor laboratory practices that have caused product recalls and undermined the cannabis industry’s reputation. Increasingly, state regulators and even laboratories themselves are adopting standards to ensure safety and accurate...

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04/20/2021 - “Lean Methodologies” Revolutionize Pharma Quality Control Labs

The pharmaceutical quality control (QC) laboratory serves one of the most vital functions in pharmaceutical production for both in-process and finished product testing and control. The QC lab is responsible for monitoring the quality of raw materials and supplies used in the manufacturing process as well as...

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04/20/2021 - The Importance of Batch Control in Manufacturing LIMS

In batch manufacturing products move through the production process in discrete steps. Quality control checks may occur at each stage before the product is released to market or for further processing. The release of the final product only occurs on successful completion of all the QA checks in the manufacturing process. A good current example...

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04/20/2021 - User Acceptance Testing: Tools of the Trade

Software testing and validation are essential when implementing any system designed to process, store, visualize or manage data. Most of this testing (e.g., functional testing, regression testing, security testing, integration testing, etc.) is done by IT members and developers in the development environment with...

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04/20/2021 - File- or API-based Integrations: Which is Best for Liquid Handlers?

When you’re automating your clinical lab, one of the first things you should look for is an opportunity to integrate instruments with your laboratory information management system (LIMS). This is a great way to reduce manual processing and boost the lab’s speed, efficiency, and accuracy. Integrating liquid handlers can...

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 Journal Articles

04/12/2021 - Privacy-preserving healthcare informatics: A review

Last week's article looked at inference attacks in the cloud, but they happen in other ways as well. In this 2021 paper, Chong reviews the available literature on inference and other privacy attacks that occur on published healthcare information originally sourced from electronic health records (EHRs) and other health informatics systems. Ethical sharing of this kind of data with researchers conducting statistical analysis, improving clinical decision making, etc. is important, but it must preserve the privacy of the underlying individuals. After briefly discussing data publishing with a strong privacy focus, Chong looks at how healthcare data is typically stored and what threats exist against such data. The author then examines two well-established privacy models, including their strengths and limitations, that can be used to limit those threats: data anonymization and differential privacy. Despite these models, Chong closes by noting that "preserving privacy in healthcare data still poses several unsolved privacy and utility challenges" and expounds on areas for future research into those challenges.
 Featured Jobs

2 weeks ago - Sr. LIMS Developer

Mérieux NutriSciences - Chicago, IL 60611

We are looking for a Sr. LIMS Developer in 401 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611 USA. Your mission will be to:Lead or mentor technical...

3 weeks ago - Clinical Laboratory Microbiologist

Vanguard Healthcare Staffing - Fort Payne, Alabama 35968

Job Description:The Clinical Laboratory Microbiologist will be tasked with determining the sensitivity & resistance of pathogens (bacteria and fungi) identified in patient samples to a...

3 weeks ago - Programmer Analyst II

Washington University - St. Louis, MO 63110

  SUMMARY Job Title: Programmer Analyst II – GTAC@MGI Location: Medical School Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular Remote city possible for seasoned candidate JOB TYPE/SCHEDULE...

1 month ago - Principal Software Engineers

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics - San Diego, CA 92121

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics is expanding! We are looking for experienced Software Engineers in San Diego, CA to support new product development for next generation of...


Computational Thinking and Big Data

This is an advanced University of Adelaide-created course that is released on the edX platform, and is part of a university MicroMasters Program. The scheduled 10-week course is designed to help learners to better "apply computational thinking in data science" using tools such as "mathematical representations, probabilistic and statistical models, dimension reduction and Bayesian models." The course is free; a certificate of completion costs $249. The course requires on average eight to 10 hours a week of effort. Access to the class is on-demand.
 Upcoming Webinars

04/28/2021 - Sunquest & API Webinar: Betting on the future of the Lab. Reimbursement and financial challenges in the game of value-based care.

04/29/2021 - Webinar: Unraveling the role of LIMS in a manufacturing environment

04/29/2021 - Join us for a free webinar covering Bioanalytical Process Management

05/19/2021 - Astrix Webinar - Computer System Validation: Best Practices and Navigating Challenges

 Featured Discussions

04/07/2021 - Client looking to purchase large stake in LIS company

04/06/2021 - What is Hospital Management Information System & Software?

03/30/2021 - Decent OOTD external portal examples (that integrate nicely into a LIMS)?

03/29/2021 - LabWare x Empower interface

 Bid Opportunities

04/27/2021 - Request for Proposal: Business Analyst to conduct a Needs Assessment of CGC Requirements for a Laboratory Information Management System

04/29/2021 - Request for Proposal: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for Cord Blood Bank

04/30/2021 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System for Canadian Health Measure Survey

05/03/2021 - Request for Tender: Procurement of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) including service and maintenance services

Become a Sponsor
Astrix Technology Group
Autoscribe / Autoscribe Informatics, Inc.
Abbott Informatics Corporation
CSols Inc.
Kalleid, Inc.
LabLynx, Inc.
Sapio Sciences
Semaphore Solutions
Sunquest Information Systems, Inc.
Agilent SLIMS
Blaze Systems Corporation
Caliber Infosolutions
Computing Solutions, Inc.
OnQ Software
SCC Soft Computer
Strateos, Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
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