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Minimize Cross-contamination in Food Testing Labs with a LIMS

October 3, 2022

In over two decades, we find the real consequences of cross-contamination in the food supply have added up. Note the following representative examples as published by Eat This, Not That!1: 1998: Fifteen million pounds of Sara Lee meat were recalled due to Listeria, infecting 101 people. This caused six miscarriages and 15 deaths. 2006: Natural Selection Foods saw bagged and
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Importance of Labs in the Food and Beverage Industry

September 26, 2022

In the twenty-first century, ensuring food and water security remains one of humanity’s most critical jobs, especially in light of mounting worries about the adverse effects of climate change. Many segments of the global population face the dismal reality of inadequate food supplies, constrained access to clean water, and hunger if food and water security are not continuously prioritized. This
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Lab Instruments: Investing in New Technology

September 14, 2022

Bigger. Stronger. Faster. Those may be attributes John Lynch, General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers, looks for when deciding which player to draft at cornerback to compete with the Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Ram’s wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Smaller. Easier. Better. Those are the qualities laboratory managers and directors are searching for when it comes to their lab
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AI-Driven Analytics Turn Pharma LIMS Data Into Useful Insights

August 31, 2022

Many research and development centers increasingly generate and process massive amounts of data. As such, because of the volume and processing of data, in addition to the advancement of technology, laboratories need to upgrade their laboratory management and technology strategies to improve operations and minimize costs. Within regulated labs, there has been a significant emphasis on data protection in recent
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Create Effective Reports with LabLynx LIMS Software Solutions

August 22, 2022

Your laboratory’s total testing process begins and ends far beyond your laboratory’s walls. Sources of human error can creep into your test results at many points along the process chain. Yet, as our guide “Improve Laboratory Accuracy and Reporting Quality with a LIMS” notes, people often forget the importance of the final step: your customers’ interpretation of the results. Mistakes
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Reducing Human Error Before and After Lab Testing

August 15, 2022

From a customer’s order to the final report, laboratory errors can appear at any time in the total testing process. As our in-depth guide “Improve Laboratory Accuracy and Reporting Quality with a LIMS” explains, you can prevent these types of laboratory errors by digitizing laboratory processes. Many sources of error are human, and it’s only a matter of when, and
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7 Steps to Finding Your Ideal Clinical Diagnostics LIMS

August 1, 2022

Managing your clinical diagnostic laboratory’s information has become as important as managing the laboratory itself. More data-intensive technologies, more comprehensive regulatory compliance, and other trends require an effective laboratory information management system (LIMS) to effectively manage all that data. In our e-book The Ideal LIMS for Clinical Diagnostics: A Practical Buyer’s Guide, we shared several lessons we’ve learned over more
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6 Reasons Your Healthcare Lab Needs Web Portals

July 19, 2022

Letting your customers, whether physicians or patients, interact with your laboratory online is a great way to improve the customer experience, deliver better results, and make your lab more productive. Given how many other things go into choosing a new laboratory information management system (LIMS), it might be tempting to leave portals for later. However, portals offer benefits that make
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On the Hunt: The Ideal LIMS for Forensic Labs and Medical Examiners

July 12, 2022

Your forensics team answers a call to a gruesome incident: stuffing flung everywhere, a piece of yarn tail at the bottom of the stairs, and two lone button eyes that catch the glare of the flashlight. And are those bits of suspicious green plant material? Okay, you don’t respond to calls for disemboweled cat toys. (And it’s apparent Beaker perpetrated
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Harmful Algae Blooms are Rising: Could a Water Testing LIMS Help Your Lab Cope?

June 1, 2022

“Life finds a way.” Okay, maybe Ian Malcolm didn’t have algae in mind when he uttered those infamous words. But with harmful algal blooms increasing worldwide every year, the microscopic organisms are making as dramatic an impact as a tyrannosaurus rex (or indo-raptor, for that matter). Humans are directly in the crosshairs of these toxic blooms. And that means stepping
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What is the Ideal LIMS for Your Lab?

May 21, 2022

When it comes down to picking the products you’re going to use to help organize and streamline your lab’s operation, you can be faced with a bewildering array of options that range from well-known to little-known vendors, with investments that can be significant or “free”.  Is one of those the ideal choice for your lab? 
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LabLynx launches new LIMS for startup cannabis testing labs

May 11, 2022

As part of its CannaQA solution suite, LabLynx launches its newest LIMS solution – CannaQA Standard Edition – made for startup and growing cannabis testing labs.
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How does a LIMS work?

April 25, 2022

This article is going to dive deeper into LIMS and look at both how it works and also improves lab operations.  We’ll do that by looking at one type of service testing lab as an example – a water quality testing lab – and seeing how the components of a LIMS can improve its operation.  Because service testing labs have many common functional characteristics, it should be easy to translate this material to your lab’s needs.
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Florida Legislation Allows Nurses to Conduct Clinical Lab Testing

April 18, 2022

Registered nurses’ roles in Florida’s hospital laboratories will change on July 1. New legislation will let qualified RNs perform low-to-moderate complexity testing without that extra burden.
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Choosing a LIMS technology: Cloud-based or on-premises?

April 11, 2022

Cloud-based or on-premises self hosted? Which LIMS hosting option should your lab choose and why? Laboratory automation expert Joe Liscouski explores the two hosting options in depth to help you pick the one best for your lab.
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Is Your Forensic LIMS Ready to Adapt to New Technology Trends?

April 4, 2022

In this article, we will review several emerging technologies that will enhance forensic laboratories in the coming years. However, forensic labs will need to adopt more efficient processes to make the most of these innovations. This is where a laboratory information management system (LIMS) optimized for forensics labs can help free time and resources to meet rising demand.
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What is a LIMS & ELN?

March 25, 2022

What is a LIMS and ELN, and how do you know which to use? Laboratory automation expert Joe Liscouski reviews the two informatics applications and delves into discussion on which to use when.
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Looking Into 2022, Upcoming Cannabis Markets

March 23, 2022

Nothing was normal in 2021. COVID-19 caused a complete redesign of how consumers and cannabis businesses interact. In 2022, there could be some big shifts ahead in the cannabis market.
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Why Choose Between Flexibility and Security in a Clinical LIMS?

March 23, 2022

Clinical laboratories face new security challenges that could force them to choose between LIS/LIMS system flexibility and data security. But, what if there is a way for flexibility and security to coexist?
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What to Consider When Building Your LIMS Requirements

March 16, 2022

What are LIMS system requirements, and how do you begin gathering them? Learn what you should consider when writing your requirements in this article by LIMS expert Shawn Douglas, author of LiMSwiki.org.
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Mr. LIMS Speaks: Proprietary LIMS can thrive by embracing Commercial Open Source

March 8, 2022

You don’t have to pick between proprietary and open source software. They can coexist and even compliment one another. Find out more as Mr. LiMS shares his thoughts on the two technologies.
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What to Know Before Beginning the LIMS Implementation Process

February 23, 2022

While the LIMS implementation is a big undertaking, there are ways to prepare ahead of time to keep the process manageable and streamlined. Check out what we recommend you know before beginning the implementation process.
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Favorite LIMS Implementation Tips From LabLynx’s Staff

February 16, 2022

Finding the right LIMS solution is hard. Implementing it once you find it can be even harder if you do not have the right support around you. Our experienced application engineers share their top tips and best practices for implementation success.
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Top 9 Ways a LIMS Can Help Your Clinical Laboratory

February 15, 2022

Between COVID-19 and an increase in the aging population, your clinical laboratory is busier than ever. You’re taking on a higher workload while facing a worsening staffing shortage crisis. You and your team need a helping hand. While it cannot add personnel to your workforce, here are the top 9 ways a LIMS can help your clinical laboratory.
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LIS v. LIMS – What’s the difference between the systems?

January 26, 2022

LIS and LIMS systems are often featured together in healthcare informatics, leading some to question the difference. Are they the same? Let’s discuss.
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Release: First web-based LIMS provider, LabLynx, announces major brand refresh

January 20, 2022

By LabLynx Staff | January 20, 2022 SMYRNA, Georgia – Leading cloud-based laboratory information management system (LIMS) and laboratory informatics solution provider LabLynx announced on January 19, 2022, it has completed a major brand refresh. The brand refresh encompasses a new logo, updated typeface, new website and refreshed color pallet. As the first web-based LIMS introduced to the laboratory industry
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Employee Spotlight – Stacie Albenesius

December 7, 2021

By Bridgette Hudak | December 07, 2021 Combining her information technology expertise with a laboratory background, Stacie Albenesius serves as a Senior Application Engineer on our team, working with clients to design and implement their solution suite. A previous LabLynx client herself, Stacie understands the unique challenges laboratories face and enjoys supporting our clients in creating a system tailored to
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How a LIMS Can Remove Inefficiencies in Your Workflow and Save You Time

November 16, 2021

By Bridgette Hudak| November 16, 2021 Time – life’s most precious commodity. It’s something we wish we had more of that seems to slip away too quickly, so we work to fit as much as we can into our daily allotted 86400 seconds. Working in a laboratory, every second counts – especially given the recent increased demand for testing and
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Chemical, Petrochemical, Biofuels Processing Labs: LabLynx has your LIMS Solution

November 12, 2021

Whether you’re doing oil and gas, petrochemical, hydrocarbons, biodiesel and alternative fuels or related testing, The LabLynx LIMS Solution for Oil and Gas provides you with all of the functionality you need, in a web-based, state-of-the-art solution. Petrochemical, biofuels and related development and processing, and the testing that supports it all, are high-profile and essential areas of importance in the
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WEBINAR: Practical Aspects of Forensic Genetic and Genealogy & What It’s Revealing about the Criminal Justice System

November 9, 2021

By LabLynx Staff | November 9, 2021 LabLynx partners with the New Jersey Association of Forensic Science (NJAFS) on its December 8 webinar featuring forensic genealogy. Join us December 8th at 12pm EST as we support NJAFS in their webinar on forensic genealogy titled Practical Aspects of Forensic Genetic and Genealogy & What It’s Revealing About the Criminal Justice System. Dr.
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Employee Spotlight – Stephanie Pate

October 25, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Pate is a Senior Application Engineer at LabLynx. In her role, she assists clients in building a lab informatics suite that is tailored to their needs. She guides them through the application building process from project conceptualization through training and implementation. According to Dr. Pate, her favorite part of her job is when a client goes live with
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Mr. LIMS Speaks: Change Management…Possibly the Largest Cost of Implementing a LIMS

October 25, 2021

By Mr. LIMS | October 4, 2021 Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force. These natural laws apply equally when applied
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Lessening the Staffing Shortage Sting

October 25, 2021

By Bridgette Hudak | October 4, 2021 Not a new problem for Laboratories This new wave of COVID era employee shortage sweeping the United States is nothing new for the laboratory profession. From forensic science to clinical diagnostic, every laboratory industry has felt the staffing shortage sting over the years in one way or another. News of this crisis began
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Employee Spotlight – Robert “Bob” Walters Jr.

October 25, 2021

By LabLynx Staff | October 18, 2021 Robert “Bob” Walters is one of the leading Developers on our team at LabLynx. Through his 11-year tenure with the company, Bob has played a vital role in helping LabLynx continue its mission to redesign LIMS. He introduced the Microsoft .net framework for our client portal platforms, lead development for our LabVia product
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Mr. LIMS Speaks: Fully supported open source software for the laboratory integration and automation

October 25, 2021

By Mr. LIMS | October 17, 2021 How viable is open source software in the laboratory setting? One of the reasons that most businesses avoid using open source software to handle their line of business functions is that the software typically does not come with support. Basically, you get what you paid for. You paid nothing; you get nothing. Laboratories
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Reduce the Calls to Your Laboratory’s Phone

October 25, 2021

By Bridgette Hudak | October 19, 2021 Ring, ring, ring…your laboratory’s technicians hear the loud shrill of the phone ceaselessly throughout their shift as clients of all types – doctors, nurses, detectives, product managers and more – call for test updates. While the request for updates is understandable, each phone call taken and answer given takes your workers away from
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Scientific Data Management System (SDMS)

September 16, 2021

With often multiple applications processing different types of information and data in many environments, it can be a good idea to have an SDMS to hold and manage all of the disparate kinds of files, images, projects and what-not in a single, searchable place. Secure document management and versioning in full compliance with regulations and standards is a necessary part
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ISO Accreditation: Do I Need It?

April 28, 2021

What You Need and How to Get It Across industries, ISO accreditation is becoming a must-have for testing laboratories. This proof of competence reassures customers that your lab has the discipline and systems to produce consistently valid results. At the same time, ISO accreditation boosts your lab’s productivity. Yet the only quick, affordable way for a laboratory to achieve ISO
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ISO Accreditation: Do I Need It?

April 27, 2021

What You Need and How to Get It Across industries, ISO accreditation is becoming a must-have for testing laboratories. This proof of competence reassures customers that your lab has the discipline and systems to produce consistently valid results. At the same time, ISO accreditation boosts your lab’s productivity. Yet the only quick, affordable way for a laboratory to achieve ISO
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ELab for Cannabis: One LIMS for Multi-State Cannabis Testing

April 8, 2021

The fragmentation of cannabis regulations poses a particular challenge for multi-state cannabis testing labs. Although the industry and state regulators are trying to align requirements and standards, testing labs still lose many of the benefits of multi-state operations. LabLynx’s ELab LIMS for Cannabis Testing is a laboratory information management system (LIMS) that can help multi-state laboratories navigate the complexities of
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ISO 17025 and More – What’s Next for Cannabis Testing Labs?

April 8, 2021

The rapid pace of cannabis legalization led to a mad scramble as laboratories entered the cannabis testing market. But that rush established poor laboratory practices that have caused product recalls and undermined the cannabis industry’s reputation. Increasingly, state regulators and even laboratories themselves are adopting standards to ensure safety and accurate labeling. With the correct systems in place, accreditations can
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CannaQA: One LIMS for Multi-State Cannabis Testing

April 7, 2021

The fragmentation of cannabis regulations poses a particular challenge for multi-state cannabis testing labs. Although the industry and state regulators are trying to align requirements and standards, testing labs still lose many of the benefits of multi-state operations. CannaQA is a laboratory information management system (LIMS) that can help multi-state laboratories navigate the complexities of cannabis testing. Fractured States of
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Environmental Lab? LabLynx Has the Right LIMS for YOU!

April 2, 2021

For scheduling and managing sample collection, locations and sample points and their tests and limit sets, there is no better solution than the LabLynx LIMS Solution for Environmental and Water/Wastewater! Our very existence depends on the quality of the fundamental resources needed for life – air, water, food, and our surroundings. So, what could be more vital than effective testing
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ClinDx From LabLynx: The Complete Clinical LIS

April 1, 2021

Over the past year, many clinical diagnostic labs ran into the limitations of their inflexible or simply insufficient data management systems. The pandemic showed us that labs needed to support a rapidly evolving response with testing on a scale never seen before. LabLynx’s extremely user configurable ClinDx laboratory informatics system (LIS) lets clinical diagnostic labs quickly and affordably address the
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New Medical Canna Licenses in Georgia Means Opportunity for Labs

March 31, 2021

Georgians’ six-year wait for medical cannabis oils is almost over. State regulators are in the process of licensing cannabis oil producers and will start seeking applications for dispensary licenses later this year. Left unanswered is when —and how — testing laboratories can play a role in Georgia’s medical cannabis oil industry. Those answers will arrive in time, but only laboratories
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Canna Testing Laboratories: Where the Business Is

March 23, 2021

The pandemic may have created havoc on businesses almost everywhere, but hemp and cannabis continue to thrive and even gain momentum. Besides meeting food and drug safety standards, licensed cannabis producers must pass THC potency thresholds before their crops can be used to make medicinal, adult-use, or industrial cannabis products. Hemp is strictly regulated and monitored to guarantee it meets
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The LabLynx Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Solution for Agriculture

March 19, 2021

The LabLynx Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Solution for Agriculture provides complete data management and reporting for all types of agriculture labs. Our client labs cover all areas, including feed, seed, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel and metrology, as well as veterinary, vineyard, farm and state or federal agricultural testing and services. We also offer a complete suite of apps such as
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Laboratories: Time to Transition back to Standard Clinical Diagnostics?

March 16, 2021

Daily COVID-19 testing in the United States dropped precipitously as the latest surge ebbed and vaccines made their way into the population. But has the need for testing also dropped? Or could the demand for testing return? The answers to […]
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Laboratories Needed for Hemp Testing (But you need to move now)

March 10, 2021

America’s hemp industry was decimated by cannabis regulation, but newly-approved rules from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have launched the industry on a high-growth trajectory. Testing will play a critical role in the hemp industry’s future, but laboratories offering testing services face a complicated regulatory environment. Here’s what you need to know about testing hemp under the U.S. Domestic
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Rare Cannabinoids: The Next Big Thing for Canna Labs

March 3, 2021

Rare cannabinoids may seem like the newest passengers on the cannabis hype train, but an element of science does lie at the heart of this new trend. The cannabis industry has noticed and has begun developing ways to make these cannabinoids a lot less rare — far in advance of state or federal regulations. Laboratories must be ready to provide
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Has Test Pooling Lost Its Usefulness?

March 3, 2021

Pooling test samples is a common way to improve laboratory productivity and reduce the consumption of reagents and other supplies. Unfortunately, early hopes that test pooling could help labs during the COVID-19 pandemic quickly waned. Skyrocketing positivity […]
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Booming Cannabis Sales and Tighter Regulations for Laboratories

February 23, 2021

Despite the global pandemic, America’s cannabis industry saw record-breaking sales in 2020. Even more opportunities are on the horizon for laboratories that offer accurate, consistent and credible test results while delivering fast turn-around times. But mainstream acceptance also means more attention from regulators. The only way labs can grow their cannabis testing services while ensuring compliance is with the capabilities
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Antibody Testing: The Next Phase?

February 11, 2021

Antibody testing will become more important as vaccines start to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. New serology tests with high specificity for SARS-CoV-2 not only confirm past infections or immunizations but also quantitatively measure […]
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New York Labs: Are You Ready for Legalization?

February 9, 2021

Within a few months, financial and political priorities may finally align behind New York’s legalization of adult-use recreational and nutraceutical cannabis. New legislation will create significant opportunities for laboratories with experience in food and drug testing. But regulatory concerns, demand for high throughput and other factors mean labs may not be prepared to seize the opportunity. A laboratory information management
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SARS-CoV-2 Variants: The New Challenge for Laboratories

February 5, 2021

Three new variants in the constantly-evolving SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have become a cause for concern among health officials worldwide. Although probably not more lethal than existing strains, higher transmissibility rates have stressed public […]
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These States May Need Canna Testing Labs in 2021

February 2, 2021

Is your lab ready to meet the challenge? Last year’s elections saw voters in five states approve broader legalization of marijuana and cannabis products. That momentum will continue in 2021 as those states implement the new laws and several more states head down the path to legalization. Testing labs have the resources needed to support their states’ growing cannabis industries,
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How PCR and Antigen Testing Can Work Together for Lab COVID Testing

February 1, 2021

Widespread COVID-19 screening programs are the only way many businesses, schools and other organizations can keep running. Using PCR tests, however, often creates unmanageable turnaround times as clients must send samples to labs, then wait for them […]
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Remote Tech for COVID-Safe Cannabis Lab Testing

January 12, 2021

The cannabis industry works hard to convince regulators, politicians and the public that their business is a responsible and legitimate part of the economy. But cowboy testing labs are producing sloppy, inconsistent results and even fake reports. These bad tests lead to false potency claims and financially ruinous product recalls. Doctors, patients and recreational users must trust the safety and
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What Vaccines Mean for COVID-19 Testing Labs

January 8, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out in the United States and around the world, but now is not the time for complacency. One, two or even dozens of vaccines won’t immediately turn the tide of this pandemic. Inoculating enough of the population to make a difference […]
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How Wastewater Labs Can Help Defeat the Pandemic

January 4, 2021

As we look toward the long-term management of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and indeed the anticipated emergence of other novel viruses, the role of wastewater testing is taking on new significance. In fact, it may turn out to play an even greater part than […]
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How Labs Can Get Involved in COVID Screening Programs

December 10, 2020

Organizations, Businesses, Schools and Colleges Everywhere Need Testing Programs Data-driven decision making has put laboratories squarely in the center of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Unfortunately, even CLIA-certified clinical diagnostic labs can’t contribute […]
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The COVID Testing Catch-22

December 4, 2020

The Key to Managing the Pandemic, and Why We‘ll Never Do It Perfectly Everybody agrees the only way to manage the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is to know how bad it is by conducting tests, and lots of them, right? Well of course. How else? But there’s a problem. And there doesn’t seem to be a good solution. First, Some Background There
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Starting a COVID Testing Lab: Is Now a Good Time?

November 23, 2020

The answer to that question is easy, YES! Never mind the ongoing daily battles to limit the initial outbreak since March, it is becoming clear, as we transition into Winter of 2020 and the prospect of year two of the pandemic, that what was once acute has now become chronic. And SARS-CoV-2 may be with us for quite some time,
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Setting Up and Managing COVID and Other Public Health Risk Testing in the Workplace

November 9, 2020

There is nothing people want more right now than a return to normal. By this time most of us have had enough of this surreal “new normal” where masked people tread carefully amongst each other, avoiding nearness, spraying down surfaces, using hand sanitizer, avoiding theaters, indoor restaurants, bars, and concerts, working from […]
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The Rapid-Deploy, Complete Program for COVID PoCT: Making History Now

September 25, 2020

Two well-known universities in Louisiana have quickly and effectively ramped up complete testing management programs to protect their students and staff, as well as meet other testing challenges with spectacular results. Both universities have teamed up with LabLynx, Inc. to roll out the COVIDLiMS Solution Suite and were live […]
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Point of Care Testing (PoCT) in the Coronavirus Pandemic – And Beyond

September 22, 2020

With the arrival of more lateral flow tests with FDA EUA (Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization) approval that can be performed outside of a lab becoming more available, any business, educational institution or other organization can look into implementing their own coronavirus testing program […]
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COVID Testing for Schools and Universities

September 8, 2020

With COVID-19 on the rise in many universities and schools around the country, many of these institutions are searching for ways to keep their students, faculty, and staff safe this school year. With the spread of the virus increasing amongst young people, the pressure for quick and accurate testing and reporting is also on the rise. LabLynx has been leading
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Coronavirus Treatments That Work

August 13, 2020

And the Studies Prove It The current official stance is that there is no real treatment for COVID-19. If you get it, you are told to just go home and tough it out…until/unless you start finding it hard to breathe, or develop other severe symptoms requiring hospitalization. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases (something like 80%) symptoms are mild,
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LabLynx Announces C-SIC Kit Release

August 13, 2020

Sample Information Collection Kit Improves COVID Testing Process ATLANTA, June 22, 2020 — LabLynx, Inc. today announced an important new component in its overall COVIDLiMS informatics solution for laboratories, designed to offer faster, more accurate coronavirus testing as well as ongoing risk management for businesses and organizations […]
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How Labs and Businesses Can Work Together to Reopen Safely

August 13, 2020

As the nations of the world begin transitioning from flattening the curve to cautiously beginning to resume doing business, the focus is turning to how best to prevent a “second wave” – and in fact to operate over the long term in the face of potential similar pandemics. Experts tell us this may only be the beginning, and that the
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PCR and Diagnostics: COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Serious Issues

August 13, 2020

There has been recent discussion of the lack of accuracy of COVID-19 tests — both virus (rRT-PCR), which has been widely regarded as “the gold standard”, and antibody assays. “The largest study on coronaviruses testing to date estimated a rate of 41% false negatives on RT PCR diagnostic tests used in China.” The issue with PCR is not with the
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COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

August 13, 2020

Comprehensive guide to all aspects of testing and information management related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. ATLANTA — Amidst the rapidly-changing and conflicting messages surrounding testing in the current pandemic, LabLynx, Inc., has published a free online book of carefully researched and fully cited news, facts and resources to serve as a reference for the laboratory and laboratory informatics industry. This book is
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COVID-19 Testing: The Latest

August 13, 2020

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

August 13, 2020

    DAY FOUR: The Conclusion (To read Day One, please go HERE. To read Day Two, please go HERE, to read Day Three please go HERE.) 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
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A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Three

August 13, 2020

DAY THREE: Results? (To read Day One, please go HERE. To read Day Two, please go HERE.) 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
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A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Two

August 13, 2020

DAY TWO: The Lab (To read Day One, please go HERE) OK, so I did it, I got tested. What now? 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
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A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day One

August 13, 2020

DAY ONE 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
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COVID-19 Testing by Wastewater Labs

August 13, 2020

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

August 13, 2020

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

August 11, 2020

Published by LabLynx, Inc. For information and help in ramping up to provide COVID-19 testing services, contact LabLynx, Inc., [email protected], 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
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LabLynx Joins the COVID-19 Fight by Introducing New COVIDLiMS

August 11, 2020

Unprecedented Ramp Up – Operational in Days Solves Web Submission/Reporting, COVID Handling and Workflows, CDC and FDA Reporting ATLANTA – LabLynx, Inc., long-time leader in enterprise-level cloud-hosted LIMS/LIS, today announced it has developed the world’s first LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) dedicated specifically to COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Called “COVIDLiMS”, its main features include, crucially, swift setup-to-live time: 2-5 days, including
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LIMS and COVID-19 Testing & Reporting

August 11, 2020

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
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Disaster Management for the Lab

August 9, 2020

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
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