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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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Exciting New Uses for Genome Sequencing on the Way: November 2020 News

From understanding the genetic basis of epilepsy to identifying the underlying causes of infections, researchers are discovering new applications of genome sequencing that promise to speed up diagnosis and help healthcare providers determine the right treatments for their patients sooner. The sector also continues to focus efforts on increasing COVID-19 testing capacity and improving cancer screening. Genome sequencing In late […]

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What Labs Need to Know About Software Testing

Semaphore recommends all NGS clinical diagnostic labs adopt comprehensive software testing to reduce errors, improve efficiency, and save money. The right approach and the right amount of testing ensure the lab’s software systems operate correctly and can be easily maintained in the future. Whether your lab is implementing an entirely new software solution, integrating two or more systems, or upgrading […]

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How to Overcome the Technical Challenges of Lab Integrations

In our previous post, we discussed three types of lab software integrations and the value of each for NGS clinical diagnostic laboratories. In this post, we’ll look at some of the key technical challenges labs face with each type of integration and how the right integrator can help you address them. Once lab and technical leads have recognized the importance […]

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How Integrations Can Improve Your Lab’s Performance

All NGS clinical diagnostic laboratories want to run more efficiently—it’s a necessity if they want to remain competitive. They need to streamline laboratory workflows, save on labor costs, and scale their operations to meet demand, such as with the current calls for additional COVID-19 testing capacity. But it goes further than that. To keep their highly skilled employees engaged and […]

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Consultant’s Perspective of a Clinical Lab’s Software Stack

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) clinical laboratories rely on different types of software to meet their business and laboratory needs. Leading laboratories often work with experienced software consultants to make sure that each piece of software is verified and validated, and set up using the best software engineering practices, integrations, and automations. Key Clinical Laboratory Systems Fulfilled by Software The software systems […]

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New Tests & Research in the Fight Against COVID-19 & Cancer: September 2020 News

In recent weeks, we’ve seen further advances in the molecular diagnostic sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Labs are scaling to meet the demand for more testing, and the FDA has provided emergency authorization for new types of tests. The sector also continues to push forward with new cancer tests that will have a significant impact on patient outcomes. COVID-19 […]

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The Right Consultant Can Help You Improve Profitability and Growth

Optimizing an NGS Clinical Diagnostic laboratory for growth is no small task. Laboratory and technical leads, and other stakeholders, understand full well the complexity of the business and recognize the risk in hiring the wrong consultants to help them modernize their software and update their technology. That doesn’t mean it’s better to use internal development resources, though. The right consultants […]

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How to Accelerate Your Laboratory Accreditation

In my previous post, I described the challenges of certification, accreditation, and federal approvals, and how software can have a huge impact on the speed and ease with which your team goes through the process. For forward-thinking laboratory and technical leaders, however, regulatory approvals can also offer an opportunity to make software improvements that will help your business respond to […]

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