In a recent blog, I described at a high level the difference between electronic lab notebooks (ELN), electronic medical record (EMR) systems, laboratory information systems (LIS), and laboratory information management systems (LIMS). In this blog, I want to specifically address LIMS and how to determine if your lab needs one.
As labs grow, they face the dilemma of accurately and quickly processing an increasing sample volume while integrating the latest technology to enhance laboratory performance. This is no small feat. Additionally, with growth comes the need for more organization, additional resources, and process. While it may seem counterintuitive to introduce a new system – in the form of a LIMS – into the lab at such a busy time, this might be precisely what your lab needs.
LIMS support samples from initial entry all the way through processing, including metadata, QC, workflow, and processing information. As such, they can help you manage the growing sample volume, adjust to new technologies, and help you optimize your laboratory procedures. But how do you know if your lab is ready for one?
Yearend is always a great time to reflect and plan for the year ahead. In this season of list making and checking things twice, we’ve prepared a handy list of questions you can use to discern your need for a LIMS.
We realize that all labs are different and each and every one has unique circumstances, but if you answered yes to even one of these questions, it might be time to consider a LIMS. Finding the right LIMS can make a positive difference in your lab. If you’d like to have a conversation about your lab or about BaseSpace Clarity LIMS, please contact us.Contact Us »