MAY 30, 2019 12:00 PM PDT

Automating Clinical Testing with LIMS & Laboratory Automation

Speakers
  • Chief Operating Officer, CloudLIMS
    Biography
      Shonali Paul has a rich experience of working in diverse industries including IT, genomics and mass spectrometry. In a career spanning over seventeen years, she has built a long and impressive track record of success in high technology software sales, marketing and professional services, developing operational strategies and directing new business initiatives from conception through execution.

      She is the key driver of the development, operations and product teams. She has been the key person responsible for two corporate acquisitions. She is the chair of the Member Relations Committee at ISBER and has over 6 years of experience in the LIMS industry.

      Shonali Paul holds an undergraduate engineering degree and is an MBA.

    Abstract:

    With growing standards of patient care, clinical testing laboratory across the world are forced to change the way they manage their laboratory operations. More focus is now given to automation as an automated laboratory reduces the risk of human error and allows laboratory personnel to concentrate on their core laboratory jobs, thereby saving time and money. Automation of laboratory also helps in end-to-end sample and workflow management, assuring traceability of results and maintaining data integrity by following standard laboratory practices.  

    Automating the clinical data management and testing workflows using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) play a significant role in ensuring faster turnaround time, efficiency, and productivity. Implementation of a LIMS helps laboratories to create a streamlined workflow for following SOPs such as ordering tests, testing procedures, conducting studies etc. to achieve quality clinical outcomes. It enhances the quality and reliability of results. A LIMS can help in full traceability, integrated quality control, and automated results upload from instruments, eliminating transcription errors. Besides, a LIMS following HIPAA, 21 CFR part 11 regulations and GLPs facilitates masking of sensitive personal information based on the role of the user in the organization. It helps to configure electronic signatures for accessing and approving laboratory activities and also maintains an audit trail along with a date and time stamp. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Understanding the significance of laboratory automation and information management in following SOPs and meeting regulatory compliance.
    2. The role of LIMS in improving clinical testing workflows to achieve faster turnaround time, efficiency, and optimal use of resources.


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