You’re working with an ever-increasing amount of data in a scientific laboratory environment. Managing all of this information, organizing it, and using it effectively is difficult if you have disconnected systems and data spread throughout the organization. A laboratory information management system removes the barriers that stand in the way of effective data management.
Your laboratory data is collected based on the built-in workflow and processes, ensuring that you get all of the information that you need from each sample. Data silos throughout the organization are reduced or eliminated so your personnel can avoid redundant work and other inefficiencies.
LIMS data management systems integrate with third-party solutions, such as enterprise resource planning systems and desktop productivity tools. By making it easy to share and retrieve data between systems, productivity improves and the chance for human errors through data entry is reduced.
You get control over the templates and sample identification fields that the LIMS data management system uses. The customization allows you to get all of the relevant data necessary without letting non-relevant information get in the way of your findings.
A data management system that uses barcode labels makes it a lot easier for personnel to input information and fill out the fields that they need.
Working in a system that’s designed to manage laboratory data is much different than trying to make it work in software that was never designed for this purpose. A quality LIMS data management solution should be easy for both lab and non-lab users to understand.
In addition to integrating with platforms commonly used in the lab and the organization as a whole, some solutions also offer instrument integration.
The heart of a LIMS data management system is its reporting. Having multiple ways to view and work with the data is the key to deriving the most value from this information. Web-based dashboards that receive real-time data allows for in-the-moment decision making and oversight. These dashboards can be customized to each user’s needs, so they’re seeing the data that is most relevant to their role.
Both structured and ad-hoc queries are important for interpreting the results. By having a system with support for each option, your lab has the flexibility it needs to maintain a competitive advantage. You can pull up information on-demand as well as running routine reports for a comprehensive view of the laboratory’s performance.
Don’t let key findings get lost in an overwhelming collection of data. Implement a data management solution for your laboratory to take back control.