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From Paper to Digital: How One Molecular Pathology Lab Upgraded its Informatics

A lab’s informatics system is critical for its effective operation. As we discussed in a previous post, in the early stages of a lab’s business development, a complex system might not be necessary—the lab could simply use word processing or spreadsheet software. But as labs develop new tests and ramp up throughput, a robust informatics system becomes increasingly necessary. In […]

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6 Powerful Ways to Automate Your Next-Generation Sequencing Lab

For low-throughput labs, manual processing might be the simplest and best way to operate. But for high-throughput labs, automation is the key tool needed to boost speed and efficiency. Every process you currently perform manually is an opportunity for incremental improvement. So, it makes sense to automate as many processes as possible once your monthly throughput exceeds a certain threshold. […]

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Choosing a Lab Informatics Strategy: What’s Best for Your Startup?

Laboratory informatics is a critical piece of the puzzle for clinical diagnostic lab startups. Without some serious thought about how they’ll manage their instruments, software, and data management tools, labs can find themselves travelling along a well-worn but meandering path—even though there’s a more direct route to managing operations and optimizing their processes for efficiency. Frequently, startup labs get their […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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