What are the Benefits of Laboratory Information Management System?
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What are the Benefits of Laboratory Information Management System?

Stacey Smith, Pharma Tech Outlook | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

LIMS software is critical in developing the workflows and protocols used in a laboratory.

FREMONT, CA: Laboratory Information Management(LIMS) tracks a sample as it enters a laboratory until it is tested and stored. This includes documenting all data related to the model, like sample identification numbers, source, collection dates, and quantitative information. Additional data is collected throughout the workflow, stored in the LIMS. This includes results, derived data, and metrics calculated over time. A LIMS keeps track of who has interacted with the model, as well as where the model has been.

Benefits of LIMS

Centralization of Data

 

One of the primary benefits of LIMS software is the ability to centrally manage all of the peripheral components of a lab that are used to execute a workflow.

 

Using a LIMS for Study Management: Generally, samples are obtained to aid in a more complex study or project. Subjects (human or otherwise) typically make up studies of this kind. A LIMS establishes the organization's structure for gathering related project and research elements together. LIMS software allows researchers to manage this data in a centralized system, enhancing data management.

 

Utilizing a LIMS for Inventory Management: Lab supplies, such as reagents and chemical inventory, are critical to any lab's ongoing operations. To carry out protocols effectively, a laboratory's staff must maintain the required stock. A LIMS is crucial for insight into the lab's inventory and what may need to be ordered. When employees consume supplies, a LIMS can automatically mark them as consumed and initiate the reorder process. This minimizes the possibility of error or delay and increases the efficiency of a team. A LIMS also includes lot number tracking, which records the specific reagent used to process a lab sample for future audit purposes.

 

Using a LIMS to Track Instrumentation: Every laboratory utilizes various instrumentation daily, including liquid handlers, quality control instrumentation, and sequencers. A lab must track the maintenance and calibration of these instruments to ensure that the test data generated by these instruments is deemed accurate. A LIMS keeps track of this activity and automatically notifies users when scheduled maintenance is overdue or pending. Additionally, it can keep track of any issues that arise with laboratory instrumentation as they occur.

 

Along with these critical features, a LIMS software package includes reporting, analytics, and collaboration capabilities that enable all of the data captured above to be helpful. A LIMS can generate reports on any of the aspects mentioned above. Protocol duration, sample throughput, reagent expiration, and instrument uptime are all examples of reports. Dashboards can be configured to display high-level trending data. For instance, dashboards could be created to indicate the number of submissions over time, the utilization of lab staff, and the status of samples.

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