Benefits of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) in your lab and Biobank
Laboratories, Biobanks and biorepositories store, process and generate large amounts of data. As your data grows you need systems to help you track your tissue samples efficiently and accurately. Enter Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
The role of a LIMS is to help drive your lab processes, instil consistency, improve data quality and support regulatory compliance. One of the main advantages of a LIMS is the optimisation of your laboratory operations resulting in increased efficiency.
You don’t run your Biobank and lab in the same way as your competitors. This is what gives you your competitive edge. Similarly with software, not all lab management systems are the same. As a result, each system will bring different benefits and advantages.
Some key advantages of a lab management system (LIMS) include:
- process standardisation to make sure you’re consistently following your procedures
- reducing human error often resulting from manual data entry by using systems integration and data validation
- supporting your regulatory compliance requirements by including a comprehensive audit trail
- providing full tracking and traceability of information, such as tracking samples through every step of their lifecycle
- simplifying data entry
- improving quality and introducing quality control measures
- improving accessibility of information through searching, reporting and analyses
- increasing security of information through controlled access
It is also important to remember that how you implement the LIMS solution will impact the benefits you gain. For example, the cost of the software implementation will affect overall value and benefits. Discover more about identifying what your lab needs to help choose a LIMS.
Advantages of a cloud-based LIMS
The technology that underpins the LIMS system also has quite a significant impact on the advantages it can offer.
You can often implement cloud-based lab management systems cheaper than on-premise or client-server systems. This is because you don’t need all the hardware or even IT resource in place to support the LIMS. Many of the cloud-based systems are designed to be used ‘as-is’, so you don’t need a lot of service days, such as training or configuration, to start using the system.
For many smaller scale labs and Biobanks this is an important advantage. However, there are also downsides to cloud-based LIMS including data ownership and the ability for you to make changes.
Advantages of configurable laboratory information management software
The way you operate your lab or Biobank is unique. So, it stands to reason that you should configure the lab software to support the way you work?
If your processes are inefficient, then adding them ‘as-is’ into a LIMS won’t magically improve them. You’ve just automated or standardised inefficient processes. You should work on optimising them before adding them into a system.
However, a configurable LIMS solution can be an advantage if you want to capture specific data or manage optimised lab processes. It also means that you can introduce changes and improvements into your lab software easily and whenever you want.
The main benefits of a configurable LIMS system include:
- efficiency – You map your processes in the system exactly how you need them. This means they’re optimised for how you work, and your team requires less training
- rapid returns – Being able to introduce improvements and changes when you need them so you can start benefiting from them quickly
- reduced costs – With simple configuration tools you can make changes yourself which results in lower cost of ownership
- future-proof – System longevity because you can change the system as you grow and evolve
- optimised resources – One centralised system that supports many teams which they can configure to meet their needs. As a result, you reduce IT and resource costs
Benefits of Achiever Medical Laboratory Information Management Software (LIMS)
For almost 20 years, Biobanks, pharma and labs have trusted Achiever Medical LIMS to underpin their lab operations and protect data.
Achiever Medical gives you all the benefits of a web-based, configurable laboratory information management system. It’s also designed for easy and quick deployment – within weeks not years. This allows you to take advantage of its inbuilt processes while using its unique configuration tools to optimise the system. Plus, our implementation packages make sure you get the right level of support and training.
Achiever Medical LIMS is available as an on-premise or cloud-based deployment. So, you can choose the option that’s best for you.
Along with the functions available in traditional lab management and sample tracking software, Achiever Medical LIMS’ key features also include:
- donor management (including consent management)
- disease profiling
- sample management and tracking
- sample profiling including storing test results
- diagnosis and treatment tracking (including ICD and SNOMED codes)
- customer relationship management
- clinical trials planning and management
- integrated, real-time, graphical dashboards that enable you to generate reports
- training and qualifications tracking
- internal auditing and quality control and assurance. These help your lab meet regulatory compliance including the Human Tissue Act (HTA).
and more …
So, with Achiever Medical LIMS you get all the advantages of configurable, cloud-based lab information systems – plus so much more!
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