Laboratory Data Management Systems, which also can be called LIMS, have a lot of benefits. Today’s laboratories can create a huge amount of data. Labs need to provide test results and information that is important to the success of not only the organization, but also the safety of its products. Businesses and consumers rely on this efficiency to develop safe products and provide these products as quickly as possible as labs become more modern and updated, there needs to be better methods of record keeping and data management in order to maintain efficiency. Laboratory data management systems can help keep up this efficiency.
Efficiency: When you get rid of the risk for errors from manual data entry, then you are more efficient. The greater amount of samples that are processed in a lab, then the greater the workload. With a higher workload, there is a greater chance of error. This type of system will help streamline data entry and automate the process. This results in faster access to data, less downtime, and a system to grow with the needs of the lab.
Go Paperless: There are some systems that will allow users to work in a web-based application, instead of having to work directly within the system itself. Another benefit of being paperless is the ability to have all the information in one place, which allows for easier access to data. Those organizations that implement paperless processes can see a 30% to 40% gain in resources due to going paperless.
Cost Reduction: Profits are the bottom line of any business, including labs. Businesses rely on cost management. Cost operation can come in many forms, including labor, resources, and downtime. This system can positively impact many of the costs of doing business. Since a LIMS system can reduce capital investment, it can help increase productivity for more profitability.
Compliance: Product safety is a big deal for laboratories. There are regulatory requirements that are implemented, in order to help reduce the risk. This system can assist with real time quality control and monitoring. You can manage workflows, log samples, and check test against procedures, in order to make sure they are compliant. Out of spec samples will automatically be flagged and reported. Reports can be generated automatically and access to information is easy to get. This allows you to remain in compliance, especially as your business grows and needs change.
Real Time Tracking: Real time tracking is a huge advantage of this type of system. Collection and transfer of samples can be a really time consuming activity. With a modern system, the process becomes much easier and can be done by just scanning a barcode. A technician can manage real time tracking with just a few clicks on the computer screen.