Laboratory information management system: features, examples & selection guide
January 23, 2024
LIMS market stats
of LIMS users benefited from process automation
LIMS market size CAGR by 2030
Mordor Intelligence, 2023
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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