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www.GlobalHealthLaboratories.org

This teaching material has been made freely available by the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust (Kilifi, Kenya).

You can freely download, adapt, and distribute this presentation under the conditions that: the Global Health Laboratories and The Global Health Network are referenced; the work is not used for commercial purposes, and any altered forms of this document are distributed freely under the same conditions.

laboratory information management systems lims

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

Good Clinical Laboratory Practice

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

what is lims
What is LIMS?
  • Computerized information management system designed for laboratories
    • Manages lab data from sample log-in to reporting
    • Interfaces with analytical instruments
    • Sorts and organizes data into various report formats
    • Stores data for future reference and use
rationale for lims
Rationale for LIMS

hardware, software, people, procedures

and data

role of lims
Role of LIMS
  • To manage
    • Data
    • Work flow
    • Changing business needs/processes
    • Existing systems and improving where required
    • Resources
    • QA/QC
why have a lims
Why have a LIMS?
  • Improve data management in lab to increase lab potential
  • Enable centralization of information
  • Support and enhance business processes of the lab
  • Take advantage of new lab information technology
  • Provide easy access to data
functions of lims
Functions of LIMS
  • Track specimens from receipt, processing, testing, reporting to storage
  • Electronically capture results from lab diagnostic equipment and store with specimen details
  • Protocols and algorithms for testing and final result determination
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Functions of LIMS
  • Patient focus
  • Enable determination of patient outcomes
  • Integrate patient and specimen information
  • Support patient management and care/treatment
lims decision
LIMS decision
  • Type of lab
    • Reference/research/public health
    • Clinical
    • Hybrid
  • Volume of specimens
  • Types and number of tests
  • Size of staff/users
  • Existing system
    • Determine which areas will be affected
  • Requirements and expectations
    • Avoid ‘culture shock’
advantages of lims use
Advantages of LIMS Use
  • Fewer transcription errors & faster processing with direct instrument uploads
  • Real time control of data quality with built in QC criteria
  • Direct report generation meeting specific client requirements
  • Direct electronic reporting to clients or direct client access to data
disadvantages concerns
Disadvantages/Concerns
  • Customization of LIMS/interfaces required for specific lab/client needs
  • Adequate validation to ensure data quality
  • Data integrity and confidentiality, especially when clients have direct access to data
  • Limited interface between lab & field computer systems
information available on lims
Information available on LIMS
  • Project, samples, tests documentation
  • Sample tracking history within the Lab
  • Reporting results (hardcopy, electronic file)
  • Financial information by test, client, dates
  • Information on Productivity
benefits of lims
Benefits of LIMS
  • It improves the efficiency hence productivity.
  • Improve data quality (all instrument are integrated).
  • Saves time because the information is obtained at the snap of the button
  • Improve level of data access for all stakeholders of any project.
  • Automated customer reports (TAT, Work Load)
laboratory responsibilities
Laboratory Responsibilities
  • Evaluate LIMS capabilities
  • System validation/maintenance
  • Interfacing capabilities
  • Confidentiality/data integrity protection
  • Regulatory compliance/accreditation.