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Laboratory Accreditation: What’s Software Got To Do With It?

Certification, accreditation, and federal approvals are a vital part of the business of running a clinical diagnostic lab. Many laboratory managers assume it means miles of red tape and numerous roadblocks. But that’s not necessarily true. In fact, it can be a fantastic opportunity. If you approach it with the right mindset, you could make improvements that have a lasting impact on your lab’s productivity and profitability. Certification, Accreditation & Approval: What’s the Difference? Certification and accreditation are programs that ensure your lab meets or exceeds industry standards for clinical laboratory testing. Accreditation may focus on specific tests or methodologies […]

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Future-Proofing Your NGS Clinical Diagnostic Lab & LIMS

In my previous post, I described the complex challenges NGS Clinical Diagnostic laboratories face because of legacy software. To recap, these include limitations in usability and efficiency, higher costs than labs generally understand, the difficulties that arise when you need to replace key personnel, and the lack of specialized software expertise in internal development teams. For laboratory and technical leads who want to future-proof their business with a solution that is more agile, scalable, and usable, I propose considering the following actions. Reframe Costs Traditional thinking about return on investment (ROI) still applies in this new paradigm. When you can […]

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Legacy Software Imposes Significant Challenges on NGS Clinical Diagnostic Labs & Evolving LIMS

Laboratory and technical leads face a number of complex challenges when changes to an existing process are required. Whether they want to add new assays, tests or products, take advantage of new equipment, or scale throughput, these challenges can lead them to wonder: Are my legacy systems adequate? Can or should these legacy systems be further customized? Should we consider a wholesale system replacement? What’s the most cost-effective approach to meeting our business needs? In part, these questions arise because existing laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and laboratory software solutions are often not built in a way that makes them […]

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June 2020 – Innovation & Growth Drive the NGS Clinical Diagnostic Industry

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) clinical diagnostic labs are playing a key role in efforts to assess the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to develop a vaccine and therapeutics. At the same time, they continue to collaborate and innovate, develop breakthroughs, and advance patient outcomes. In this post, we look at a few standout examples. Exciting Partnerships & Collaborations Driving Change Over the last several months, we’ve seen a number of announcements for new partnerships and collaborations between laboratories and other life sciences organizations. Each one combines clinical diagnostic skill and subject-matter expertise with new technologies to extend industry knowledge, reduce […]

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