Paper-based workflows and documentation may have functioned fine when your laboratory began operations. Going paperless and manually keying your data into shared spreadsheets seemed like the natural progression and offered some efficiencies. But your lab staff is entering thousands of samples per week and finding it difficult to meet regulatory compliance. Your business needs a laboratory information management system (LIMS). You know of commercial LIMS software vendors in the marketplace, but couldn’t your IT group build an in-house solution? This brief topical article will examine why a laboratory may consider building its own LIMS, factors to address before developing an in-house system, and the advantages of commercial LIMS software. [Read More]
A new case study from Autoscribe Informatics highlights how Benz Oil adopted Matrix Gemini LIMS in its laboratory to test batches of product for quality control purposes., In addition, customers can submit field samples for routine and investigative testing. Using the new LIMS reduces the total time taken to register incoming samples from both production and external clients by up to 80%. The task that used to take 5 – 6 hours per day has been reduced to around 1 hour. [Read More]
Part 1 of this blog series reviewed the importance of identifying your LIMS requirements to ensure the success of your project. We also reviewed some key considerations for identifying those needs. In Part 2we looked at how understanding your requirements helps you choose the correct LIMS solution and supplier. In Part 3 we discuss the importance of documenting your requirements accurately, concisely, and most importantly with clarity. [Read More]
The great employee churn is a reality that all businesses face. Workers at every level and industry are looking for new opportunities, and this constant ebb and flow of talent is happening faster than ever before. This presents a considerable challenge for businesses: how can you find and retain the skills you need to compete? In the face of the great employee churn, it’s more important than ever to have a strong contingent workforce strategy. [Read More]
The interoperability of health care systems—especially electronic health records (EHRs)—has long been a focus of regulators, medical personnel, and other key stakeholders. Interoperability helps ensure data communicated from one system to another are sufficient for the receiving system to work with, i.e., have the same meaning to the recipient as they do the sender. This is not always an easy task, as noted by Sachdeva and Bhalla in this 2022 paper published in Information. Also noting the value in clinical information exchange, the authors examine formal methods of making interoperability work better, as well as considerations interoperability experts should be making in successfully transforming data across different EHR standards. After laying out their research work and findings on cross-conversion of archetypes such as XML, ADL, and OWL, the authors conclude both that "terminology binding must established through archetypes" and "mappings between different standardized EHR systems must be established." Each archetype has its drawbacks and benefits, depending on what you're trying to accomplish, and this research "can contribute to helping EHR system vendors and developers to choose the appropriate technology for the required purpose, keeping in mind semantic interoperability."
Seattle Public Utilities - Seattle, WA, Washington 98104
Position DescriptionAn online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking an experienced Laboratory System Administrator (ITP-B) to...
Regeneron Genetics Center - Tarrytown, New York 10591
https://careers.regeneron.com/job/R12752/Sr-Software-Developer-Laboratory-Information-SystemsWe are looking for a Senior Software Developer - Laboratory Information Systems who will configure, customize and system admin the information systems supporting the Regeneron...
The Laboratory Information Coordinator receives, distributes, and processes blood and body fluids/specimens from inpatient, outpatient and outreach locations. The LIC coordinates information between laboratory sections...