Laboratory information systems (LIS), or the laboratory information management systems (LIMS), are data and evidence management systems aimed for industrial and medical laboratories like clinical and analytical laboratories.
Developed as an in-house project into a custom based project tailed with open source LIMS, the first LIMS were developed for the pharmaceutical industry as a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) tool in the early 1980s by in-house software development departments or on contract by external software houses.
Today, it is commercially being developed by using the latest tools and methodologies in information technology and on the basis of the need of laboratory, they have many varieties.
Different sectors such as agriculture, food and beverage, environmental and water, manufacturing and cyber forensic laboratories etc. use enterprise LIMS for their day-to-day activities. A LIMS application might not run properly due to improper installation, poor implementation, or lack of technical access etc.
LIMS and Technology
The laboratory environment is going through rapid innovations since 1980s. It has been growing remarkably in the variety and complexities of available tests and services. Laboratory technology is often in sync with medical advances. New innovations in laboratory technology in both new tests, advanced equipments and testing techniques, has made testing more automated.
Clinical laboratory technology plays an important role in the future of healthcare industry and is being welcomed by payers, providers, and patients. However, the efficient integration of innovative systems into medical care might get affected by policies, rules and regulations related to coverage, coding, and payment.
Advantages of LIMS
LIMS has various advantages such as turn-around-time for lab results has now reduced, data transfer is faster and hence the physicians are able to provide faster diagnosis to patients. The automated LIS has reduced the probabilities of error and has hence increased efficiency. LIS can now be integrated with multiple instruments within the laboratory and can be incorporated with other hospital based information systems such as Hospital information system (HIS), electronic medical record (EMR), radiology information system (RIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Other functions of LIMS includes entry of various lab tests conducted, sample collection, recording and reporting results, transfer of data to other information systems, and results verification.
Laboratory Information Systems Market Trends
Analytics to support test utilization
Laboratories can highly benefit if there is a proper and best test utilization. The LIS is a valuable tool to collect and sort all that data. Using LIS data generated along with lab order variation analysis, collective with related costs and actual patient outcomes, hospitals can regulate care and reduce costs while still maintaining high levels of quality.
Automated testing algorithms
LIS capable of supporting the implementation of automated testing algorithms or cascades to automate reflex testing. Appropriate implementation of the testing algorithms through a logical testing structure on the basis of initial results, developed in cycle with orders from physicians, and they will not have to choose from multiple test results. These algorithms help in getting only the appropriate tests results ordered. Laboratory-driven algorithms, where clinicians order a testing cascade and initial laboratory results drive subsequent test selection. After which the laboratory handles the entire cascade process with no further participation from the provider.
The information presented in this article is based on a latest report by research and consulting firm, Future Market Insights (FMI). A free sample is available for download at http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/sample/rep-gb-875
Valuable Laboratory analytics
Laboratories need to focus on greater productivity, maximum efficiency and useful data analytics to help in future business decisions, which might require integration and business analytics. Laboratory analytics provides proper management data and detailed analytics to assess and improve laboratory efficiency. This includes analytics for turnaround time, staffing workload, auto-validation percentages, physician utilization, and quality measures, such as tracking rates of blood culture contamination, QNS, hemolysis and cancellations.
Powerful and flexible LIS
Laboratory professionals need to find ways to use diagnostic and focus will not only be on doing accurate tests, but also to find best test methodologies and opportunities to improve the overall health of patients .The lab will be required to expand its reach beyond the lab , implement the right IT tools to support this.
Laboratory Information Systems: Market-wise Segmentation
North America dominates the laboratory information management systems market followed by Asia which is positioned to grow rapidly due to the increasing outsourcing activities from Europe and North America, especially the pharmaceutical companies in this region which will require better laboratory workflow management and regulatory compliances. Moreover, in developing economies such as China, India, and Singapore; the governments are taking initiatives for various R&D activities due to the increased numbers of clinical trials are likely to drive the growth of the laboratory Information systems market in Asia.