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COVID-19 Testing: The Latest

COVID-19 Testing: The Latest

How are we doing in meeting the challenge? – We’re now almost five months in since the notorious SARS-CoV-2 first reared its ugly head in December in Wuhan, with the first diagnosed case in the US following soon after in January. In the US, the pandemic caught laboratories seriously unprepared to meet the demands for testing, despite having a few months to watch its spread elsewhere before numbers became pressing here. […]

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Four: The Conclusion

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Four: The Conclusion

DAY FOUR: The Conclusion – Originally intended as a 3-part blog (test results would be returned in 2–3 days they said), the documenting of my experience of getting tested for COVID-19 would more accurately be re-titled “A Day (or Ten)…”. The good news is I finally got the phone call with my result this morning. The better news is that it was negative. The interesting part is just what was happening to my sample as I tried not to die waiting for some word. […]

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Three

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Three

DAY THREE: Results? Well, this was to be the results blog. However, day three turned into day four, then day five…the test was Sunday morning, it’s now Friday and still nothing. They told me 2–3 days during my screening… Fortunately, I am still breathing ok, haven’t developed any alarming symptoms and continue to live normally in expectation of a negative result. In fact, I suppose a longer wait could mean my initial test was negative […]

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Two

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Two

DAY TWO: The Lab – That’s exactly what I wondered, so I put those awesome journalistic skills to work (from home of course) and set out to find out where my sample went and what was being done with it. A bit of Googling and a couple of phone calls later I had the answer. Augusta University Health is managing testing in Georgia at the site where I went. Other testing sites are being managed through CVS and Walmart.

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day One

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day One

DAY ONE: Getting Tested – I’m 64 (okay, I’ll be 65 in a week or so), I had been feeling more fatigued than normal, and have had a dry, non-productive cough since probably January. Free community COVID-19 testing sites had been set up throughout the Atlanta area, with one close to me at Kennesaw State University. So I decided to see if I could get tested. As with most things, my experience started with Google. It was easy to find news articles about the testing location, but not as easy to get information on how to get tested. The closest I could get […]

COVID-19 Testing…by Wastewater Labs

COVID-19 Testing…by Wastewater Labs

The way forward for tracking the second wave? No, you aren’t dreaming this and you didn’t misread. Turns out wastewater treatment labs may have an important part to play in keeping tabs on the 2019 novel coronavirus as we look to reopen America — in fact the entire world. Authorities will want to be aware of any rise in cases, especially by region. But how can wastewater laboratories help? It turns out that infected patients express the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their stools — whether or not they are displaying symptoms. If wastewater labs can develop good test methods for detecting […]

COVIDLiMS: Who’s Your PAHPA (Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act)?

COVIDLiMS: Who’s Your PAHPA (Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act)?

What role can labs play in helping to meet the suddenly very relevant federal law recently re-authorized as the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA), Public Law №116–22? As we all continue to navigate through the unfamiliar waters of global lockdown, wearing of masks, gloves and other PPE, authorities are recognizing three main keys to successful pandemic prevention and management: Testing Social Behavior (Social distancing, etc.) Contact Tracing The third imperative, tracing contacts of patients who test positive for COVID-19 so as to warn, treat and contain, is an area White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s task […]

The Complete Guide to LIMS and Laboratory Informatics: 2020 Edition Published

The Complete Guide to LIMS and Laboratory Informatics: 2020 Edition Published

The latest edition of the longtime industry reference guide to systems, vendors, information and resources concerning laboratory data management has been made available to the public.

COVID-19 Testing for the Physician Office Laboratory (POL)

COVID-19 Testing for the Physician Office Laboratory (POL)

Published by LabLynx, Inc. For information and help in ramping up to provide COVID-19 testing services, contact LabLynx, Inc., info@lablynx.com, or call 866-522-5969. Do I really want to get involved in testing for SARS-CoV-2? Why? Like it or not, physician or not, the current pandemic is already affecting you in some ways or others. And those physicians on the front line seeing patients cannot avoid being involved. If you have testing equipment of your own, at least you may be able to recoup some of the costs of seeing potential COVID-19 patients, handling specimens and meeting reporting requirements. Moreover, the […]

LIMS and COVID-19 Testing & Reporting

LIMS and COVID-19 Testing & Reporting

Known variously as coronavirus, COVID-19, novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV and SARS-CoV-2, the current global pandemic has been reported in 191 Countries and Territories around the world as of March 23, 2020, with over 350,000 confirmed cases and more than 15,000 deaths. These figures are being tracked in real time by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Here’s the straight info on getting the name right, before we go any further: The term “coronavirus” refers to the type of virus in question. It’s slightly vague, only indicating it belongs to subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, a group of RNA […]

Disaster Management for the Lab

Disaster Management for the Lab

Disaster management is, in a nutshell, about preparedness. Of course, the primary challenge in preparedness is anticipating just what it is for which you are preparing. In the case of disaster management, the possible scenarios vary a great deal – with some being virtually impossible to foresee – so any management plan faces potential failure right from the outset. Disaster management can be divided into 3 categories: Prevention/Minimizing Risk Coping during the event Post-Event Get Well The SOPs for each of these categories can be very different, depending not only on to which stage they apply, but also the nature […]

Corporate-Friendly Open-Source Licenses – Beware, Not All Software Is Truly Free, Some Can Come with a Barb

Corporate-Friendly Open-Source Licenses – Beware, Not All Software Is Truly Free, Some Can Come with a Barb

I have been doing some research on the different types of open-source licenses. The following is a good post that quickly summarizes the potential dangers of open-source to corporations. You just have to know the rules, but as with all software, you need to live by the license agreement. The funny thing is that GPL touts “freedom” but it is a rather restricted “freedom”. It has all the ring of truth of the doublespeak/thought from the book 1984 by George Orwell. Now, I am all for open-source in the corporate environment, but you have to be careful; especially beware of […]

Experiences Using Cloud Computing for A Scientific Workflow Application

Experiences Using Cloud Computing for A Scientific Workflow Application

Clouds are rapidly becoming an important platform for scientific applications. In this paper we describe our experiences running a scientific workflow application in the cloud. The application was developed to process astronomy data released by the Kepler project, a NASA mission to search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. This workflow was deployed across multiple clouds using the Pegasus Workflow Management System. The clouds used include several sites within the FutureGrid, NERSC’s Magellan cloud, and Amazon EC2. We describe how the application was deployed, evaluate its performance executing in different clouds (based on Nimbus, Eucalyptus, and EC2), and discuss the […]

What Is the Best Acronym to Describe a Comprehensive Laboratory Informatics System?

What Is the Best Acronym to Describe a Comprehensive Laboratory Informatics System?

Do we need a new term to describe systems that manage laboratory information?

How Much Is that Doggie (LIMS) in the Window?

How Much Is that Doggie (LIMS) in the Window?

There are a series of questions that you need to ask a LIMS vendor early on in the search stage.  Licensing and pricing is one of the easiest ways to immediately screen any LIMS.

IDC Report: “SaaS Momentum Skyrocketing.” SaaS Based LIMS Subscriptions Supports this Finding

IDC Report: “SaaS Momentum Skyrocketing.” SaaS Based LIMS Subscriptions Supports this Finding

Revenues for the software as a service (SaaS) market on the whole are projected to grow from $13.1 billion in 2009 to more than $40 billion in 2014.

SaaS / Cloud Computing for Laboratories Has Gone Mainstream

SaaS / Cloud Computing for Laboratories Has Gone Mainstream

Cloud computing in business and government has taken off like a rocket.  More and more companies, government agencies, healthcare institutions, and financial institutions are turning to cloud computing, not only for their “line-of-business” applications, but for their entire IT infrastructure.  Now, the laboratory and scientific industries are embracing cloud computing at an even faster pace.  You will start to see more and more articles and case studies on the use of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) for the laboratory.

HITECH Security Audits & Standards and the Impacts to Laboratories with Hosted LIMS

HITECH Security Audits & Standards and the Impacts to Laboratories with Hosted LIMS

Laboratories should be aware of these security standards when considering SaaS based LIMS or other Laboratory Informatics solutions on an either an externally hosted basis or internally hosted basis. The HITECH security guidelines could apply whether you have your systems internal or hosted external to your company.

Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts (Timeo Danaos et Dona Ferentis)

Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts (Timeo Danaos et Dona Ferentis)

Be wary of any vendor who would slur or disparage another vendor. It is a clear case of Greeks bearing gifts. These are clearly gifts with a barb and they will never serve you in any way. Your best solution to fight this sort of problem is to keep things competitive but private.

SAP-QM and xMII as “LIMS” Option: Can SAP-QM Be Used in Place of a LIMS in Manufacturing?

SAP-QM and xMII as “LIMS” Option: Can SAP-QM Be Used in Place of a LIMS in Manufacturing?

Topic: I’m curious to know if anyone has successfully implemented SAP-QM and/or xMII (formerly "LightHammer") as their enterprise LIMS. Or, if anyone has replaced an existing LIMS with SAP-QM/xMII. This would be especially interesting if someone has done either or both of these in an FDA-regulated environment.

Which LIMS Implementation Process is Right for You?

Which LIMS Implementation Process is Right for You?

Even if you succeed in choosing the right LIMS for your lab, the implementation process can make the difference between success and failure. There are basically 3 types of implementation processes (packaged, collaborative, turn-key). Let’s rank them from the least expensive to the most expensive processes.

The Development of a Thriving Digital Business Ecosystem (DBE) for Laboratory, Scientific & Health Industry Stakeholders

The Development of a Thriving Digital Business Ecosystem (DBE) for Laboratory, Scientific & Health Industry Stakeholders

As we all know, the Internet has had an affect on every person, institution, industry and government in the world today.  The LIMS industry has changed rapidly over the years because of the Internet in that nearly every LIMS system that is purchased today was investigated and researched to one extent or another through the Internet and in many cases has been purchased by way of the Internet.  When it comes to learning about LIMS, trying them out, purchasing a LIMS, implementation and finally support, you are and will be forever using the Internet at every step in that process.  Basically, the Internet is a key Enabling Technology that is not only driving the Laboratory, Scientific and Health Informatics Ecosystem but in fact the entire world of Business Ecosystems.

Software as a Service (SaaS): 10 Trends for 2010

Software as a Service (SaaS): 10 Trends for 2010

Here is a summary of the 10 trends for 2010: 1. SaaS will continue to grow in acceptance and prevalence in the marketplace but – the term itself will fade in favor of “Cloud…

ASTM CCR (Continuity of Care Record) Technical Overview – An Alternative to HL7

In my previous blog post, a video provided a simplistic overview of HL7 and its purpose.  There is a new alternative to HL7 called CCR (Continuity of Care Record).  This new standard appears to be much easier to deal with from a technical standpoint and offers more capabilities.  However, HL7 has been around a lot longer and has gained momentum.  After studying both CCR and HL7, I can say that CCR is the better mouse trap but the age of HL7 and its momentum that has been built from its age still means that we software developers must still continue […]

HL7 Explained Simply

For those of you who are interested in a simple explanation of HL7 and its various uses, take a look at this video:   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qewOJPxz4-c]