The Benefits Of Using A Laboratory Information System

How are you currently handling your laboratory work? If you're still doing everything manually, you're doing it the old-fashioned way.

It's time to step into the future and try a laboratory information system. These systems, typically delivered in the form of software, are designed to make your working life easier and offer a host of unique benefits.

Manage Samples

When you work in a lab, you are required to take all kinds of samples, perform all kinds of tests on them, and then record all kinds of results.

That's a lot of work and a lot of data to keep track of, especially when you're doing it all by hand.

Thankfully, laboratory information systems are a great option for entering information about each sample and maintaining all that information and data in one convenient, easily accessible place.

Most management systems also allow for viewing restrictions to be put in place so that only the right, approved people, at the right times, can see the data related to a particular sample.

Compile Test Requests

Most labs receive a large number of test requests each day. And, when they become backlogged, it can be hard to manage all of these tasks.

Thankfully, a laboratory information system can help with managing all requests.

You can enter a request into the system as soon as it comes through, track its status at any time, and even filter requests by factors like request date, how long it's been since the request was initially made, current status, requester, and more.

While features will vary from one system to the next, being able to view and track requests in this way can make any lab more productive and efficient, which is a definite bonus.

Keep Inventory

The average lab goes through a lot of materials on a regular basis. And, from test tubes to goggles, a good laboratory information system can help you to keep track of it all.

When you order a new supply, input what you've received and your amount into the system. Then, have workers keep track as they use up the supplies and note what they used each one for.

This type of system holds everyone accountable and can identify the source of and reduce inventory loss and waste.

In all of these ways and more, a laboratory information system can be incredibly helpful and useful. So, if you don't currently have one, step into the future and experience the benefits. You'll be glad you did.