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LIMS use in laboratory data management

Author(s): Muntean Edward | Nicoleta Muntean | Tania Mihăiescu | Radu Mihăiescu

Journal: Proenvironment Promediu
ISSN 1844-6698

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: LIMS | laboratory data management | IT

Laboratory data management is a complex process involving both people and information in order toacquire, organize, store and distribute information. Information conversion to knowledge requires the applicationof many human qualities such as experience, intelligence, intuition and talent; it is not enough to simply acquireand own data, being necessary to have a proper understanding of the data structure and the required qualities toapply a suitable management system. Modern laboratories produce large amounts of data; with the continuousdevelopment of new technologies, both the quality and quantity of information is increasing, causing oftensignificant problems and new methods are needed to manage this situation. Laboratory Information ManagementSystems (LIMS) provides a way of automating part of the laboratory system. As the primary function of mostlaboratories is to provide validated information under some time constraints and based on that information,allowing customers to make decisions, LIMS can save considerable amounts of time and dramatically improvethe level of data access for all individuals involved in a given project; the sooner the user is notified of aproblem, the sooner that problem can be fixed and the less the solution will cost. Several of the main benefitsidentified from current users of LIMS are: analytical data can be obtained instantly being also easily accessibleonline; large amounts of data can be stored without the need for traditional archiving; improvement of dataquality as all the analytical instruments are integrated; automated tracking and management; automated customerreports; automated quality control. All these benefits can lead finally to a general improvement of laboratoryefficiency. Despite LIMS have been used for more than twenty years, they still remain difficult to implementsuccessfully. This paper provides a brief description of some of the existing technologies available to date,detailing the benefits that a LIMS can offer, giving finally an approach for the development of a successfulLIMS implementation.
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