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How Agile and Scrum Can Help You Build Better Clinical Lab Software

The Agile methodology is one of the most common project management methods for software development, and for good reason. Its iterative nature lends itself to an ideal build process. Add clearly-defined team roles and a lightweight Scrum framework—with short, focused bursts of work called Sprints, which typically last 1–4 weeks—and you have an approach that enables teams to work together […]

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File- or API-based Integrations: Which is Best for Liquid Handlers?

When you’re automating your clinical lab, one of the first things you should look for is an opportunity to integrate instruments with your laboratory information management system (LIMS). This is a great way to reduce manual processing and boost the lab’s speed, efficiency, and accuracy. Integrating liquid handlers can provide a high return on investment. These robots are commonly used […]

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Managing a LIMS Implementation in a Dynamic, Regulated Environment

Once you’ve selected your laboratory information management system (LIMS), it’s time to implement it within your lab’s software environment. A critical part of this process for regulated labs is validating the LIMS and ensuring requirements traceability. In a nutshell, to meet regulatory requirements, your lab needs to be able to: Show that the software does what it was intended to […]

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Strategies for Managing Your Lab Software Stack

NGS clinical diagnostic labs face growing complexity in their software solutions as they attempt to adapt to a market with evolving requirements and stakeholder expectations. It’s not that they want to add to their systems in a piecemeal fashion—it’s quite the opposite. Most lab managers would prefer to buy a single complete solution that meets all of their current and […]

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Choosing the Best LIMS for Your Molecular Diagnostics Lab

When molecular diagnostic labs select a laboratory information management system (LIMS), they typically consider the documented list of features and benefits, as they should. Each LIMS has its strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to consider these when assessing which system best meets the lab’s unique requirements. However, we’ve seen labs regretfully overlook a number of other factors that can […]

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How to Build Excellent Custom Software for Clinical Genomics Labs

Building custom software in the clinical genomics laboratory space is a complex and challenging proposition. However, most times, it’s the only viable option for labs seeking an efficient end-to-end process. In our experience, clinical genomics labs often follow a familiar path. They begin by purchasing an off-the-shelf (OTS) software product that seems to fit most of their needs. However, as […]

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New Industry Collaborations Pursue Innovative Solutions: January 2021 News

This month, there have been a number of new collaborations among industry stakeholders that promise to have a lasting impact on the future of disease diagnosis and personalized therapeutics. It’s been exciting to see the speed at which COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use and rolled out around the world—evidence of the outstanding progress that’s possible when organizations work […]

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Solving the “Manifold Manifest” Problem: A Case Study

Labs that perform sequencing in support of scientific research or clinical trials generally receive their samples in a batch of tens or hundreds of samples accompanied by a sample manifest. The manifest, usually a CSV or Excel file, provides the lab with the sample metadata required to successfully process samples and report results. What makes this a challenge is that […]

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Behind the Scenes at Semaphore Solutions

This month, we thought it would be fun to pull back the curtain and give you a chance to learn a little more about Semaphore Solutions and the members of our team—how we got started as a company and what’s important to us as individuals. At the start Eleven years ago, a group of enterprise software professionals saw an opportunity […]

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What You Need to Know about Lab Software to Scale Your Throughput Quickly

Many clinical laboratories rapidly scaled testing capacity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But scaling throughput, whether for COVID-19 testing specifically or to grow the lab business in general, is not a simple process. Even the smallest inefficiencies can add up at scale, so labs need to do everything in their power to make their processes as efficient as possible. […]

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