S. Parthasarathy
Director and Co-founder,
CAREDATA Infomatics Pvt. Ltd.

LIMS – The Way Forward in Laboratory Management

The healthcare ecosystem is constantly moving toward adoption of promising technological advancements to cope up with the increasing demand for a better life. Patients today are ready to spend for value based care rather than just cost for service. With the rising population and prevalence of ailments, the workload in labs, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities has increased substantially.

Hitherto, laboratories have been dependent on manual intervention to run processes ranging from sample processing and reporting, its storage and retrieval. Automated systems have made life simpler for laboratory technicians and pathologists. The use of automated systems has rapidly increased the lab’s throughput, monitoring and managing of data with least possible errors.

Further, new generation software such as cloud based solutions for laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and middleware solutions not only mimic the lab workflow but provide automated solutions through one integrated management system. Such highly integrated software is expected to effectively manage variances, standardize processes, balance workloads, and provide consistent and predictable turnaround time. Further, such systems provide alerts by way of automatic visual flags for immediate comparison of results in real time basis, rule based reflex tests configuration and just in time inventory to the concerned operators and lab managers for seamless operations among a host of other benefits.

Following are some of the benefits of Intelligent Middleware solutions for controlling and monitoring various processes in a single or multicentre, automated lab environment:

Utilization management. Aids in inventory management by capturing reagent consumption for each uniquely done test to identify the exact consumption to allow efficient management of lab inventory.

Minimizing complexity in trouble shooting. Helps understand the throughput of the analyzer and track its performance Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). Further the service provider gets a direct intimation, thereby reducing down times.

Remote monitoring. The system allows monitoring all the laboratory instruments and automation from a single location (command center) designed for remote visibility of system performance and evaluation of operator productivity especially useful for multicentre lab environments.

Addressing quality issues. It is possible to evaluate the performance of an instrument real time with QC rules configured at both the test and instrument level and readily accessible results and statistics on a daily basis.

CAREDATA Infomatics Pvt. Ltd., Chennai is one of the leading healthcare technology organizations that offer solutions to enhance patient care and optimize clinical processes in laboratories and hospitals. It provides a robust platform on cloud to digitally capture patient data securely. The use of cutting-edge technology helps improve patient treatment outcomes and enables better analytic insights.

CAREDATA is the preferred LIMS and device interface partner for Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd.

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