The LIMS Success and its Best Practices

The more you streamline your processes at the laboratory, the fewer mistakes the lab produces. What’s more, you can get pay incentives from certain agencies based on how well your laboratory information management system is implemented.

Yes, that’s right. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay you for implementing a successful laboratory information management system (LIMS). But how do you get from where you are to a fully-functional, efficient and credited LIMS?

Here’s what LABWORKS and other industry experts in both the IT and medical fields have to say:

1. Ask the right questions to the right people.

Ultimately, your LIMS has to raise your stats and make your lab more efficient. The only way it can do this is if the people who implement it know what’s wrong. Ask your staff and consult your documentation and records on what the rate-limiting factors are in your everyday work. Do you want a certain feature you’ve seen in other labs implemented?

2. Map it out.

Don’t stop at your feasibility study or stakeholder analysis. Use process maps to determine which areas of your laboratory can be improved. These maps can also help you create a better list of requirements eventually for your chosen vendor.

3. Choose a vendor that you trust.

This isn’t a one-time purchase. This is a months-long IT project that needs trust and a lot of work. Look beyond the offered price and feature lists—go for people you trust. People you trust entertain your questions, always update you, and are quick to respond. What’s more, they won’t leave you with a bad implementation.

As you may notice, the planning and pre-implementation stage are quite important in getting your LIMS up and running at full speed. Make sure you follow the experts’ advice to lessen the pain of this big change in your company.