What is a Cloud-Based LIMS?
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What is a Cloud-Based LIMS?

Stacey Smith, Pharma Tech Outlook | Thursday, July 01, 2021

An off-the-shelf LIMS configuration is the quickest to implement because the system procedures have already been established and validated.

FREMONT, CA: The Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS) market is expected to reach 2.22 billion dollars in the next five years. The cloud-based LIMS market, which continues to increase year after year, is one of the steadiest growth areas.

Implementing a LIMS is an essential step in assisting laboratories in tracking samples from reception to storage and use. A LIMS can save lab staff time by automatically documenting more features about each sample than a single person could and providing resources for sample testing and batch control automation. It addresses human mistakes by avoiding penalties by delivering a data trail that can survive auditing to the highest industry standards. However, there are some unique advantages and considerations that come with using a cloud-based LIMS.

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a LIMS is where the data will be stored, with the options usually being on-premises or on the cloud. Cloud storage is becoming increasingly popular, mainly because it allows users to access data from numerous computers in multiple places. Each laboratory may provide real-time convenience to its members while keeping data safe by setting up user profiles for each lab member to log in, along with authentication settings to maximize security. There are several other key advantages of using a cloud-based LIMS:

Faster Implementation Time: An off-the-shelf LIMS configuration is the quickest to implement because the system procedures have already been established and validated. There will be validation procedures to follow if further adjustments are made to align the LIMS with specific business processes, which will lengthen the time to implementation.

Reduced Need for Internal IT Support: The implementation comes with systems in place for daily process maintenance, reducing the requirement for hands-on IT support.

Automatic Updates: Cloud-based LIMS implementations are intended to update infrastructure, saving organizations time and potential bottlenecks automatically.

High Security: A cloud-based LIMS system includes built-in data encryption and is built to adhere to data integrity laws. In these cases, it is the vendor's job to account for security, an acceptable level of user authentication, and log-in restrictions as part of the solution they are offering.

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