Updated on 17 September 2013
Laboratory information management system (LIMS) enables users to transmit information directly into the health database from any location, eliminating error-prone manual transcription
Mobile devices are an increasingly critical component of modern life, and that trend holds true for laboratories as well. In life sciences - and many other industries - the incredible (and constantly evolving) features on smartphones, tablets and other devices can enable technicians to easily capture new types of data more accurately and from more remote locations, but they also pose an interesting challenge.
How do laboratories ensure that all the data collected via mobile devices are accurate, secure and organized? The answer is a laboratory information management system (LIMS). Just as a LIMS enables an automated, paperless environment inside the lab, it can integrate with mobile devices to ensure that data collection, transmission and analysis are fully optimized.
New devices, new opportunities
The most straightforward benefit mobile devices bring to the lab is, quite simply, more data. The more data that life sciences labs have available, the more effective they can be, provided that the data is organized and accurate. That is where the LIMS comes in. A LIMS enables users to transmit information directly into the database from any location, eliminating error-prone manual transcription.
The ability to go completely paperless is no longer bound by the physical constraints of the laboratory itself. The LIMS ensures that location information, barcode readings, precise timing and any other data the technician collects are linked directly to the test results. In other words, combining mobile devices and a LIMS brings a sample management program's entire chain of custody under one secure umbrella. This enables improved regulatory compliance, traceability and auditing, of course, but it also makes for better management.