Most laboratory institutions are powered by robust, and often complex, information technology systems. This conglomerate of tools typically consists of a number of software applications that drive forward, and manage, various entities of the laboratory.

But what tools exist to allow all of these separate properties to communicate effectively? How do you gain levels of integration and efficiency by forging an alliance across your organization?

The answer is simple: through the integration of middleware. This is a broad classification for software and/or systems that provide “gap” functionality that core information systems do not provide. Think of middleware as the glue that binds the laboratory information systems together with upstream feeder and downstream connected systems.

Still not sure why this is so important to your institution or how it relates to your day-to-day operations? Think of this real-world example: middleware is used to connect diagnostic test equipment to the laboratory information systems for automated test results processing.

But it goes much deeper than just being the missing link. Middleware functionality is being extended to include sophisticated clinical rules, decision support, quality assurance and other functionality typically performed by an LIS or providing the “gap’”not being filled by the LIS.

When you need assistance in finding ways to introduce Middleware into your laboratory setting, turn to the team with experience on it’s side: turn to Colaborate.

by Kevin Hunter