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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]

Laboratory Informatics Is Thriving! Innovations Are the Key Enabler

Laboratory Informatics Is Thriving! Innovations Are the Key Enabler

Despite the economy or because of it, the Laboratory, Scientific and Health Informatics industry continues to thrive. I think one of the things that defines the Informatics industry is innovation. When the economy is tight, organizations are looking for ways (read: Innovations) to become more efficient and competitive and the scientific disciplines are no exception.

The Laboratory, Scientific & Health Informatics Blogosphere: An Aggregated View

The Laboratory, Scientific & Health Informatics Blogosphere: An Aggregated View

The Internet is the great democracy when it comes to information. There is a lot of junk on the internet but likewise there is a lot of good stuff. The idea is to cut through the c**p and get to the good stuff.

How Much Is that Little LIMS in the Window?

How Much Is that Little LIMS in the Window?

Do you have a difficult time getting a price list on a LIMS or getting a straight answer about the price of LIMS software?  This Dilbert cartoon says it all… When you go shopping for a LIMS regardless of size, ask for the vendor’s retail price list.  That should be the starting point for quickly determining if the price of the LIMS is even close to your budget.  Beware, the salesman is going to ask you what your budget is but don’t go there.  How do you know your budget until you can get price lists from multiple vendors.  Asking […]

Social Media for Scientists – Presented by Scientists for Scientists

Social Media for Scientists – Presented by Scientists for Scientists

Social media is used by scientists to manage their work and to collaborate with others on a global basis.  Check out the video below to learn more

Creative Commons/Science Commons – Key to Sharing Scientific Knowledge

Creative Commons/Science Commons – Key to Sharing Scientific Knowledge

Creativity always builds on the past. If everyone decides to protect their work from being used by other people, we will end up going backwards rather than forwards. Creative Commons licenses allow you to grant people proper legal permission to use your works in their works.

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean that You Should

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean that You Should

While technology gives you all sorts of tools to make up for lack of a leadership backbone, let me advise that you not rely on those tools but to develop better leadership skills. Only put in the level of controls that are needed to meet regulatory requirements and business objectives, but exercise restraint in applying automated policies that will have sweeping negative impacts on users.

Would you consider a SaaS (Hosted) LIMS for your Laboratory?

Would you consider a SaaS (Hosted) LIMS for your Laboratory?

With all the talk about SaaS for laboratories, it seems like a good idea to find out whether or not laboratories have any real interest in SaaS (hosted) LIMS.  Take this quick 2 second poll and also see what others are saying. [polldaddy poll=2207749]

So what keeps you from buying a LIMS for your lab?

So what keeps you from buying a LIMS for your lab?

Take a look at the following survey and see if any of the questions apply to your situation.  The survey takes less than a minute to complete.

Click Here to take the survey.

A Possible Answer to Improving Software Quality

A Possible Answer to Improving Software Quality

I think some of you will be able to relate to this. If you have one of these in your home you will understand how quality would improve significantly if they were in charge of software quality.

LIMS are like fish

LIMS are like fish

LIMS are like fish. The fresher the fish the better it is. The longer it sits the more it stinks.

Be a Savvy LIMS Buyer: Try It before You Buy It

Be a Savvy LIMS Buyer: Try It before You Buy It

It seems like the modern software industry has passed most LIMS companies by. The modern software company has become mature and competitive while LIMS software companies seem to be stagnant, lacking innovation and unwilling to provide even the most basic product information on their web sites; instead choosing to rely upon salesman promises over real concrete demonstration of product features and functions.

Is There Such a Thing As an “Independent LIMS Consultant”?  Does It Matter?

Is There Such a Thing As an “Independent LIMS Consultant”? Does It Matter?

I read a blog post recently from a LIMS consultant attempting to define what an independent LIMS consultant is. They defined “Independent” as “not directly involved with” and that it does not mean “small.” I agree with that definition. However, I contend that there is no such thing as an “Independent LIMS Consultant” or at least it is so rare that one can argue reasonably that it does not exist.

LIMS for the Bass Ackwards Lab…

LIMS for the Bass Ackwards Lab…

In starting a new lab, my friend has decided to purchase the LIMS first and then equip the lab with instruments and staff later. He has negotiated good contracts with other labs that will run his samples. He will receive samples, log them into the LIMS and run them down the street to a subcontract lab. The logged in sample data will be transmitted automatically to the LIMS of the subcontractor and the subcontractor will transmit back the instrument data to the contract lab.

The LIMS Home Grown Nightmare

The LIMS Home Grown Nightmare

In today’s world, the idea of building your own LIMS is becoming a thing of the past. There are many good products to choose from; but in case you are thinking of having a LIMS built for your lab, consider this image.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What is the Largest LIMS of Them All?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What is the Largest LIMS of Them All?

Most labs have fewer than 25 people. So, does it really matter what the answer is to the question: “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, what is the largest LIMS of them all?” Well, you decide.

Collaborative Science via Social Media: A Real World Case Study with myExperiment.org

Collaborative Science via Social Media: A Real World Case Study with myExperiment.org

The myExperiment Virtual Research Environment enables you and your colleagues to share digital items associated with your research—in particular it enables you to share and execute scientific workflows.

The people who implement the LIMS should sell the LIMS

The people who implement the LIMS should sell the LIMS

The people who implement the LIMS should sell the LIMS. This Dilbert video says it all…. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2isJBYHBx68]

LIMS Are Like Sausages!

LIMS Are Like Sausages!

You would no more want to eat a plate of raw sausages than you would want to try to use a LIMS that was not configured specifically to your lab and ready to go as a turn-key solution.

LIMS and ISO 17025 Primer Tutorial

The following on-line video provides a tutorial primer on ISO 17025 and how a LIMS can help your lab with the issues surrounding compliance with those standards and requirements.  Audio speakers are highly recommended when viewing this video.

The best LIMS is the one you don’t use

The best LIMS is the one you don’t use

Change is hard for everyone, whether it is in your personal life or your work life and lets not even talk about that video game called Second Life (SL).  Change is good if you are getting rid of work, pointless if you are substituting one set of work for another and bad if it adds more work to your daily life in the lab. I have been implementing LIMS since 1992.  Some of the LIMS were custom built while all of the ones since 1997 have been COTS (commercial off the shelf) for all you non-government types.  In all that […]

LIMS Awards: Is It for Real or for Sale?

LIMS Awards: Is It for Real or for Sale?

Customers do a better job of evaluating software products than magazine editors. Let’s face it, labs know far more about LIMS than magazines that are in the business of selling ads. The editors have a bit of a conflict of interest don’t they?

Open Source….not a Hippie, Commie movement

For many software users and the companies they work for, Open Source Software has been viewed with great skepticism.  Frankly, I cannot blame them but the new generation of Open Source Software is not your old fashioned Hippie, Commie movement but a viable, quality driven, sustainable business model that is entering the mainstream of business. Let’s face it, in order to create a sustainable software business, the profit motive must be alive and well and must not depend upon the good nature of a community to develop it.  There are some folks who think that Open Source Software MUST be […]

What do you get when you use a pharmaceutical LIMS for a Water / Waste Water Laboratory?

What do you get when you use a pharmaceutical LIMS for a Water / Waste Water Laboratory?

I think this image is very appropriate for describing what life will be like for a water /waste water lab that chooses a LIMS built for the pharmaceutical industry.

The Internet has all but killed off print media. Will Pittcon be the next victim?

The Internet has all but killed off print media. Will Pittcon be the next victim?

A number of years ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “The king is dead, long live the king“.  You have probably been hearing about the demise of the numerous, old and venerable newspapers.  It is clear now, while the print media king is not dead yet, there is not much life left.  Check out “The Newspaper Industry Is Dying Before Our Very Eyes“.   Now consider the fate of such trade shows as Pittcon and how much life is left for this particular king. Why would the survival of Pittcon be in question?  The simple answer is that there are […]