The healthcare industry is an ever-evolving industry. There are lot of challenges that arise and the solutions for it. One of the solutions is the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Let us discuss what is LIMS and some of its essential features for selecting a LIMS system.
LIMS is a software-based solution that is used in labs for data management and to process large number of lab samples to manage laboratory workflow. It is used to help lab faculty members in collecting samples, processing and delivering reports to patients. It acts as an interface between the lab faculties and the database where all the information and necessary details are stored.
LIMS has become an essential system in today’s world and to be specific in the healthcare industry. LIMS helps in the running the lab operations efficiently. It saves time by reducing manual data entry, automating repetitive tasks, linking with other systems and providing the information at your command. There has been drastic improvement in LIMS over the years. LIMS can easily integrate with different types of instruments, applications, databases and enterprise systems and can manage multiple aspects of operations in different kinds of laboratories.
There are lot of LIMS vendor available in the market now and selecting the best LIMS has become more difficult than ever. As an organization, the focus should be on selecting the LIMS that is best suited for your laboratory.
Selecting the best LIMS system for your laboratory and your organization depends on various factors as per the Business requirement. Some of these essential factors include:
One of the key factors when selecting LIMS is the way your IT infrastructure is defined. There are a variety of architectures supported by commercial LIMS today (thin client, thick client, cloud-based), each of which has its pros and cons. For e.g. if your organization has implemented a strong firewall for security purposes and all application use is limited within it, selecting a SaaS cloud-based LIMS would probably not make sense. On the other hand, if your organization has decided to go for cloud-based lab applications, a LIMS that can only function as a thick and/or thin client makes no sense.
With everyone moving towards Cloud based SaaS, below options are preferred by many organization
A cloud– based system that requires minimum resources to install and maintain.