Laboratory information management system:
features, examples & selection guide

Laboratory information management system: features, examples & selection guide

January 23, 2024

LIMS market stats

61%

of LIMS users benefited from process automation

Astrix, 2020

6.2%

LIMS market size CAGR by 2030

Mordor Intelligence, 2023

$2.92 bn

projected LIMS market worth for 2023

Meticulous Research, 2023

Main features of LIMS

The core focus of a LIMS solution is sample management, but most systems have wider feature sets to support multiple lab processes.

Scheme title: Primary uses of LIMS
Data source: astrixinc.com — 2020 LIMS Market Research Survey Report

Sample management

track samples from their reception to disposal and identify any sample’s origin, status, location, handling history, and associated data at any stage of its lifecycle.

Data management

securely acquire, store, and centralize lab data, process its transfer, and then dispose of it. Lab data usually includes patients’ details, clinical notes, sample data, and personnel information.

Workflow management

optimize laboratory workflows via automation, comprehensive sharable and configurable dashboards, laboratory equipment interfacing, task alerts, and pre-defined templates for test runs, reports, and documentation.

Inventory management

keep track of reagents, samples, and laboratory equipment. Streamline maintenance, replacement, and ordering of all necessary components for your laboratory operations.

Analytics & reporting

simplify test quality control and result assessment and get insights into the lab’s productivity with the help of analytical tools that evaluate different laboratory processes, present results with comprehensive graphs and charts, and can automatically compile reports in widely accepted formats.

Security & compliance

comply with HIPAA and other healthcare data governance regulations suitable for your laboratory to keep information related to your facility and patients protected, recoverable, and accessible only to designated personnel.

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LIMS real-life success stories

LigoLab Informatics Platform improves ECPC's productivity

35%

net collection boost

LigoLab

Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants (ECPC), a leading provider of pathology services for large and small healthcare organizations, adopted LigoLab’s LIS platform to streamline operations, expand service offerings, and facilitate business growth while maintaining high service quality. Within less than three years of LigoLab’s usage, ECPC has successfully achieved all its goals, tripling its client base, adding a new services branch, and gaining more revenue.

A pharmaceutical company improves productivity and security with LabWare

Multiple facilities

synced and harmonized

LabWare

A medium-sized pharma enterprise suffered from safety threats and process disruptions due to low software interoperability across its facilities. After implementing LabWare ELN and LIMS at all sites, the organization saw a significant surge in productivity, achieved higher security standards, and reduced errors arising from using different laboratory management systems across the organization’s facilities.

A medical school improves its biobanking operations with CloudLIMS

30,000+

samples digitized

CloudLIMS

Nova Medical School (NMS), a part of the Medical Sciences Faculty at NOVA University of Lisbon, has a biobank that stores thousands of samples. Recently, they shifted from spreadsheets to CloudLIMS to regulate sample management processes among their facilities. As a result, Nova Medical School was able to meet regulatory compliance, as well as track and handle samples more securely, quickly, and efficiently.

LigoLab Informatics Platform improves ECPC's productivity

35%

net collection boost

LigoLab

Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants (ECPC), a leading provider of pathology services for large and small healthcare organizations, adopted LigoLab’s LIS platform to streamline operations, expand service offerings, and facilitate business growth while maintaining high service quality. Within less than three years of LigoLab’s usage, ECPC has successfully achieved all its goals, tripling its client base, adding a new services branch, and gaining more revenue.

A pharmaceutical company improves productivity and security with LabWare

Multiple facilities

synced and harmonized

LabWare

A medium-sized pharma enterprise suffered from safety threats and process disruptions due to low software interoperability across its facilities. After implementing LabWare ELN and LIMS at all sites, the organization saw a significant surge in productivity, achieved higher security standards, and reduced errors arising from using different laboratory management systems across the organization’s facilities.

A medical school improves its biobanking operations with CloudLIMS

30,000+

samples digitized

CloudLIMS

Nova Medical School (NMS), a part of the Medical Sciences Faculty at NOVA University of Lisbon, has a biobank that stores thousands of samples. Recently, they shifted from spreadsheets to CloudLIMS to regulate sample management processes among their facilities. As a result, Nova Medical School was able to meet regulatory compliance, as well as track and handle samples more securely, quickly, and efficiently.

LigoLab Informatics Platform improves ECPC's productivity

35%

net collection boost

LigoLab

Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants (ECPC), a leading provider of pathology services for large and small healthcare organizations, adopted LigoLab’s LIS platform to streamline operations, expand service offerings, and facilitate business growth while maintaining high service quality. Within less than three years of LigoLab’s usage, ECPC has successfully achieved all its goals, tripling its client base, adding a new services branch, and gaining more revenue.

A pharmaceutical company improves productivity and security with LabWare

Multiple facilities

synced and harmonized

LabWare

A medium-sized pharma enterprise suffered from safety threats and process disruptions due to low software interoperability across its facilities. After implementing LabWare ELN and LIMS at all sites, the organization saw a significant surge in productivity, achieved higher security standards, and reduced errors arising from using different laboratory management systems across the organization’s facilities.

A medical school improves its biobanking operations with CloudLIMS

30,000+

samples digitized

CloudLIMS

Nova Medical School (NMS), a part of the Medical Sciences Faculty at NOVA University of Lisbon, has a biobank that stores thousands of samples. Recently, they shifted from spreadsheets to CloudLIMS to regulate sample management processes among their facilities. As a result, Nova Medical School was able to meet regulatory compliance, as well as track and handle samples more securely, quickly, and efficiently.

Key LIMS integrations

Efficient lab management usually requires connecting LIMS software to other systems and equipment for automated data exchange.

Connect your LIMS system to smart devices to scan and print barcodes, keep track of samples, receive information about environmental conditions in your labs and storage in real-time, and perform quick equipment calibrations.

Get better insights into patients’ journeys, analyze their service requirements, and craft personalized marketing and sales campaigns by adding relevant data from LIS to patients’ demographic, contact, and service details.

Easily access patient metrics and other details necessary for proper test data processing, as well as deliver lab test results fast to clinicians and patients by transferring data between laboratory management systems and EHR/EMR software.

Financial management solutions

Automate quote and order creation, facilitate invoice generation, analyze the audit trail, and export your statements in a format acceptable for multiple accounting platforms.

Build patients’ trust and enhance their loyalty by providing access to test results, various payment gateways, and self-service features to schedule their next test.

Boost the operational efficiency of laboratories that are part of a larger healthcare organization (e.g., clinical labs, biobanks, etc.) by connecting them to the practice’s single ecosystem.

Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN)

Go completely paperless by keeping all records of lab operations in one place. Some LIMS software includes ELN as one of its modules, while others offer integrations with third-party ELNs.

Get better and faster insights into laboratory data by processing it with the help of a robust analytics solution tuned specifically for the medical field.

Speed up and simplify the cooperation among your pharma R&D, testing, and commercial departments by syncing LIMS data with a pharmacy management system.

How to choose a laboratory information management system

With a wide range of available laboratory information systems on the market, choosing the most suitable one can be difficult. Consider the must-have qualities of laboratory software and compare the available types to make the right choice.

Qualities of good LIMS software

Scalability
A laboratory information system (LIS) should evolve alongside your practice so you won’t have to re-install new software each time your client base grows or your service offering expands.
Reliability
LIMS should handle large workloads without fail or significant operational slowdowns and back up data regularly and securely to prevent loss or compromise.
Usability
Prevent personnel burnout and reduce data input time by choosing a system with an intuitive and friendly interface that isn’t overcrowded with unnecessary info and functionality. If your lab’s specialty requires a complex system, check if the vendor offers proper training.
Interoperability
Modern LIMS must exchange data with other healthcare software, so choose a system that can read and export data in the most common industry formats and can be easily integrated with other systems.

Our LIMS services

Our healthcare software developers can support laboratories at any stage of LIMS implementation or throughout the whole project.

Our experts help laboratories from various niches choose suitable software, pinpoint the essential functionality to cover their lab’s requirements, and support them throughout the system’s implementation cycle. We can also audit their current lab informatics software and suggest improvements or upgrades to enhance productivity and regulatory compliance.

Our healthcare software development team creates functionality and UI/UX design tailored to the particular laboratory’s workflows, integrates LIMS software with other modules and systems, and carries out scalability, usability, and quality assurance. We also deliver complementary mobile apps to enable on-the-go access to laboratory software.

LIMS implementation

We employ LIMS implementation techniques and tools to speed up and simplify the process, minimize disruptions to existing workflows, and make sure it delivers positive results sooner. Our experts also offer ongoing support, maintenance, upgrade, and training services to ensure the successful implementation and usage of the LIS software in your laboratory IT ecosystem.

LIMS implementation roadmap

Our implementation team will bring the project to life, regardless of whether you choose to develop LIMS from scratch or install a ready-made solution.

1

Pre-implementation

We work closely with a laboratory's decision-makers and staff to define LIMS requirements and tech stack, map out vital workflows, create the project plan, and estimate the cost and timeline.

2

Implementation

We align the LIMS of your choice with the lab’s processes, integrate it with laboratory software or third-party tools, and connect to lab equipment if necessary. Our team can also perform data migration from legacy systems or general-use spreadsheets and ensure the system’s quality, security, and compliance.

3

Post-implementation

We monitor the system’s performance to determine if further tuning is needed, help solve upcoming operational issues, upgrade or expand it when necessary, and conduct personnel training sessions.

Top LIM platforms

Scheme title: G2 grid for LIMS
Data source: g2.com — Best LIMS Software

This powerful LIMS platform from Thirdwave Analytics is the easiest LIMS to use, according to the G2 Spring assessment. Designed for Biotech companies, NGS, and Core & QC labs, it combines the sophisticated analytical capabilities required for research-focused organizations with commercial and clinical features. The Lockbox solution is modular and flexible, runs on AWS and Salesforce, and can be easily integrated with their other software. The subscription price for most Lockbox solutions is $225/user/month on average. However, the exact cost will depend on the features and integration you need and the size of your organization. Thirdawave Analytics don’t provide a free trial for their solutions, but you can schedule a demo or watch a webinar.

LIMS benefits

Laboratories that use information management software gain advantages related to digitization, better organization, and more secure processes.

Digitalization of manual processes

  • Lower personnel burnout risk
  • Faster and more accurate data input
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Increased client-centricity driving patient loyalty

Workflow standardization & automation

  • Increased process transparency
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Improved data quality and interoperability
  • Easier workflow audit

Stronger security & reliability

  • Minimized data breach incidents
  • Eliminated research inaccuracies due to data loss or compromise

Top LIMS implementation & use challenges

LIM solutions’ adoption can prove challenging for organizations without experience with this type of software. Therefore, consider consulting industry experts to help you choose the best LIMS option, overcome implementation obstacles, and provide user training and ongoing support.

Scheme title: Common LIMS implementation challenges
Data source: astrixinc.com — 2020 LIMS Market Research Survey Report

Discover new business opportunities with LIMS

Discover new business opportunities with LIMS

There are two common misconceptions about LIMS solutions: the first one is that they are just tools to digitally track samples or send out test results to clients, and the second one is that they are only applicable in the healthcare industry. However, though pharma and clinics are among the top organizations that adopt LIS, they can be valuable to other industries like manufacturing, food and beverage, and agriculture. In fact, LIS is the simplest way to optimize laboratory operations and expand your service scope. Whether you run a stand-alone laboratory or offer lab services among others, we strongly recommend looking into LIS software adoption, as many successful corporations have already proved that this investment can go a long way.

Discover new business opportunities with LIMS

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