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P4 & M4 - Uses Of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

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Task 1 In a scientific workplace many pieces of important data are being based around. The use of computers can now help by using specialist software called Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). A LIMS system is like an electronic filing cabinet with advanced security. It can allow data in any form to be inputted and shared with company?s customisation. Depending on the LIMS it can be accessed via a personal or company handheld drive (smartphone/tablet). There are various types of software available for storing scientific data but the most commonly used ones in modern laboratories are the following: * WinLIMS - is Laboratory Information Management System. WinLims creates LIMS a realistic option for even the smallest of laboratories. The following screenshot below is of WinLIMS, where it is showing the implementation of the data. http://www.lims-software.com/images/1/16/WinLIMS.ASP-from-QSI.jpg Picture 1 * Labsoft - LabSoft is well designed laboratory information management system (LIMS) that boasts built-in tools and the ability to collaborate with other digitised business systems (e.g. Order Processing, Data Historians). LabSoft is a comprehensive feature set empowers to build an integrated solution that fully exploits laboratory data yielding higher quality. ...read more.

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* A network setup is expensive if the company does not already have it. There also needs to be somebody trained in security so that no hackers or unauthorised members of staff can access the data. * If not backed up then data loss can and will happen. * Server needs a decent network and cooling to last and run correctly. The depending on the LIMS system certain ones require to use own server on a domain. Others use the cloud and others require an offsite back-up. If it is based in the cloud it can be rather cost effective and you only have to pay a fee per staff member needing access to the LIMS system. The disadvantage to using the cloud is if your business has an internet outage it could temporally damage a day?s business or more. A domain setup uses onsite servers and allows users to access this centralized point this could initially cost more than cloud but work out cheaper in the long run. The disadvantage to this is if there was a fire or hardware failure it could mean you lose all your data. ...read more.

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Training records To know the level of training or qualification of members of staff, and to keep and maintain a record of training required and completed by staff. This allows outside members to check to see the level that employers are trained as well as allowing employees to check for them self?s. Training officer, heads of department, supervisors, human resource department and individual members of staff. Quality assurance To be able to show that quality procedures are being carried out (for audit purposes). This protects the company so no false allegations can be made and if they are proof can be found to prove it meet the standard. Head of department, quality officers and those with special responsibility. Report records Reports following tests for GPs or hospital records, or for use in developing new medicines, etc. This also allows you to search for past similar symptoms and treatment. Office support personnel will usually be responsible for recording results, with access needed by clinical staff (in a clinical environment); report records in this setting wouldn?t usually be subject to change by anyone. Security Different types of laboratory might need different levels of security depending on the work being carried out. This could be used on a network (sub-netting) or user based system. ...read more.

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