LIS or LIMS?

Laboratory Information Management Systems and Laboratory Information Systems, or "LIMS" and “LIS” respectively for short, refers to the main information technology (software and hardware) used to operate and manage a clinical laboratory. The LIS discussion typically originates in the clinical laboratory industry, where such laboratories are focused on patient care. Finding effective ways to operate, manage and control these labs is a crucial step to ensure viability of the institution.
 
With the introduction of any piece of technology come a number of items:

  • Efficiency
  • Better relay of information
  • Data accessibility
  • Benefit to the end user
  • Cost savings

The goal in truly finding a way to expand the scope of your laboratory information system is to find ways to produce the desired outcome(s) (as referenced above) without a great deal of loss of productivity.

Furthermore, laboratory information management systems are an extension of a laboratory information system and not only provide functionality in a clinical or patient care setting but can also be configured to be more specimen centric.

In this type of configuration LIMS is more broadly used in the environmental, petrochemical, manufacturing and mining sectors. Additionally, the pharmaceutical industry references and utilizes LIMS in both patient and specimen centered configurations.

The team of professionals at Colaborate is highly versed, and skilled, in both the science and art that is LIS and LIMS. We boast a tremendous amount of experience in working with clinical laboratories of all shapes and sizes to fit their needs. At the end of the day our focus is on LIS and LIMS and how they can help propel your laboratory to be more effective, efficient and profitable.

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by Kevin Hunter