Today LIMS are in the fourth generation of evolution, and many organizations are faced with the need to upgrade, supplement or modify their LIMS to ensure optimum interoperability with the overall corporate Information System infrastructure. Now, the proliferation of choices make selecting the best LIMS architecture for an organization more critical than ever to ensure successful management of the LIMS implementation and maintenance.
With this post, we will help in choosing a cost effective laboratory information management system (LIMS) and share ways through which you can really bring down the costs involved in the setup. Here are the important factors to consider:
The main reason for implementing LIMS is to eliminate human error and effort where repetitive actions are needed. The system must score highly in four critical areas in order to provide sustainable improvements for you lab:
- Streamline sample management and tracking
- Automate instrument data upload
- Facilitate compliance with industry standards and government regulation
- Enhance reporting and access to information.
The system should be an interactive intelligent application, rather than just a static repository for data. A wise decision would be choosing a LIMS that comes in multiple modules, so that you can decide which are the best-suited modules for your lab.
Choose LIMS Systems that can work according to the applicable regulatory requirements. The system must account for user actions through electronic signature, time, and date entry. It should allow your laboratory to demonstrate auditable compliance to the regulations.
Minimize Hardware Cost
If you choose a cloud based LIMS, you don’t need to spend on hardware purchase, installation, and maintenance. New users, centers, services can be all added at the click of a button.
The LIMS you choose should be user friendly and easy for anyone to use. It should be easily usable, even for those who are not much computer-savvy.
There is a reason you choose automation and the reason are efficiency and making processes faster. Data on the go is a reality that not only helps you make a strategic decision in time but can also improve efficiency by having analysts approve reports remotely.
It is very important to choose a vendor who provides post-sales support for the system and helps recover from the initial hiccups for the system. Also important at this point is to understand the support the vendor provides for system upgrades.