Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are by nature complex to design and build. They can be successfully applied across almost every facet of lab work, or once built, unfortunately, turn out to be essentially worthless.
I recently wrote a blog on the failure of the LIMS at the FBI and provided a link to the article in the newspaper that reported the failure. Now the US DoJ, Office of the Inspector General Audit Division, has released, what I would consider, a very excellent and thorough report which provides an analysis of the cause and the recommendations. You can read more and view the entire report here.
Today, more and more labs are seeking to be ISO 17025 accredited. While LIMS can play a large roll in this, the LIMS will not be the single issue. There are many factors to consider. I read a pretty good article recently on the topic.
In 1997 LABLynx was the first commercial LIMS product introduced as a 100% web browser based system. Now after nearly 10 years other LIMS suppliers have agreed that a web browser based LIMS is the best solution.
I have read two commentaries by two different authors in two different publications that express diverging opinions about RFID. Personally, I agree with both and disagree with both but I think they both make some good points. You decide.
LIMS work as the core unit for the distribution and analysis of data generated in lab by any source and work as interface between different systems and tools used in laboratories from instrument to ERP with respect to there geographical location and technical differences. It streamlines data flow within an organization, and centralizes the information into one primary database. This information is further sorted and organized into various report formats based upon the type of report required. A full-featured LIMS will manage the various lab data from sample login to reporting the results.
A fellow consultant recently turned me on to the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which is a fascinating look into the philosophy of quality. While the premise of the book (at least I think it is the premise) is that science and art are not entirely inseparable, one of the effects the book had on me was that it made me revisit the "scientific method".
Over the last 10 years, laboratory information management systems (LIMS) have changed beyond recognition. Increased regulatory requirements have meant that much more data is now being recorded; data that must be turned into useful information that is immediately available across the enterprise.
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