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Laboratory Information Management Systems has evolved to be one of the most important tools necessary for efficient healthcare operations.
Fremont, CA: A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is a software solution that addresses laboratories' data management, automation, and regulatory challenges. LIMS is used to handle laboratory samples and the related data efficiently, thereby standardizing operations by preserving workflows, tests, and procedures for reporting. The conventional LIMS has also grown with the increasing requirements of laboratories, with the device being able to do much more than just sample tracking.
The most important function of a LIMS in a laboratory is to improve the laboratory's efficiency by automating and streamlining workflows. This can remove the need to manually manage information and compliance with regulatory guidelines. An efficient LIMS makes it easy to maintain and submit all documents, thus minimizing the chances of human errors and enhancing the processing time.
A LIMS covers the trajectory of a sample, including the phases of sample storage, processing, reporting, and archiving, right from beginning in a laboratory until the very end. With the induction of a sample into a lab, the LIMS operation begins with the accession of the sample to the system and the issuance of a specific identification number. As samples move through the laboratory, the necessary data can be updated into the system for analysis and audit.
Here are some functions of an efficient LIMS.
Managing Samples: A LIMS maintains and carefully preserves detailed records of study, thus avoiding data loss as it travels between several departments.
Managing Test Procedures: A LIMS allows monitoring the test performed on the sample batch and also allows the results to be easily entered, track approval of results, and generate reports. Additionally, it enables the management of test analytes and the allocation of tests to particular LIMS users.
Managing Inventory: A LIMS is responsible for handling stock supplies and reagents. In the event of stock depletion, a LIMS is programmed to produce automatic reorder warnings. These warnings promote workflows in the laboratory and avoid any delays arising from stock unavailability.