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Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

Laboratory information management systems digitize and streamline the collection, processing and storage of labs’ test data and documentation.

The collection and handling of day-to-day testing data are essential functions in laboratory settings. But that data is usually focused on specific cases, so it typically resides in a laboratory information management system (LIMS). Too often, information stored in a LIMS is disconnected from the organization’s other essential data and related processes. A reliable software platform with robust integration capabilities enables an organization to connect and synchronize data maintained in LIMS with the rest of its clinical trial, quality, audit and similarly critical information.

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What Is a LIMS?

A LIMS is a software solution used to manage laboratory test samples and their associated data. More than just a system for tracking tests, modern LIMS solutions also streamline and standardize lab operations like reporting and workflows. In addition, advanced LIMS solutions maintain sample records and simplify the handling of customer services, invoices and other types of records.

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The Disconnected Data Dilemma

Laboratory testing data doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Its true value lies in how it relates to other associated processes and data sources, such as clinical trials, audits and compliance activities. But that data is usually stored in separate quality management or similar systems. It’s impossible to access accurate, up-to-date information on an enterprise level when critical systems are disconnected.

Benefits of LIMS Integrations

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Data Consistency Across Systems

Keeping data consistent between critical systems shouldn’t be an ongoing concern. A solution that integrates your LIMS with other essential systems ensures a single source of truth for current data.

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Higher Value Data Supporting Compliance

Compliance is contingent on dependable data. Information that is reliably updated and scalable across systems ensures the efficient execution of the compliance processes that depend on it.

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Automated Data Transfer and Syncing

Reliable LIMS integrations give you control over critical systems and the data that flows between them. Errors that inevitably occur in manual data transfers become a thing of the past.

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Always Available, Always Secure

Up-to-date data has greater value to authorized users who can access it from a centralized repository whenever it’s needed. A dependable LIMS integration sustains data integrity and accessibility.

Enhance Core Processes With LIMS Systems Integration

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Connected Clinical Activities

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Uniting clinical and LIMS data within a single platform increases efficiency and facilitates the reuse of information. It also streamlines the processes and tasks that both clinical and lab professionals are engaged in before, during and after a clinical trial. When clinical and laboratory activities are connected, it results in new efficiencies and a dramatic reduction in human errors. 

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Simplified Audits and Inspections

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Audits are hard enough when you’re pulling data from a standalone LIMS solution. They cause even more anxiety if you also have to collect work instructions, training records or other required documents from a separate quality management system (QMS). Maintaining all audit-related information in one integrated platform ensures continual audit readiness. It also reduces audit times and stresses.

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Comprehensive Quality Management

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LIMS and QMS are both integral to overall lab quality. Data stored in the LIMS directly correlates with and informs data maintained in the QMS. Integrating them improves transparency, simplifies risk management and enhances oversight. Integration ensures not only that testing data is captured accurately, but that quality practices are being followed — and that you have the proof to back it up. 

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Refined Focus on Compliance

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Integrating processes helps facilitate compliance with regulatory guidelines like the good laboratory practices (GLP) regulations enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Data that is accurate and synchronized between systems demonstrates to regulators that an organization is in full control of its compliance-related activities.

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What Are the Advantages of Integrating a LIMS With MasterControl?

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Optimal System Performance in the Cloud

Clients who integrate their LIMS with MasterControl solutions are exclusively hosted in our cloud network. This opens the door for them to take advantage of the cloud’s many efficiencies. Benefits include automatic upgrades, scalability, increased agility and faster validation times.

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Data Management That Fits Your Needs

MasterControl maintains your LIMS integration’s performance at scale. We’ll also handle all the effort required to plan for capacity increases and ensure the continual availability of your integration. We’re always respectful of our customers’ data and systems and will work with you to manage them in whatever way is right for you.

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Ongoing Maintenance

Any change to a LIMS software system that occurs in between MasterControl’s quarterly updates has the potential to impact LIMS integrations. Our experts continually monitor and map these changes for you. They'll perform proactive maintenance on your integrations before product changes have any adverse effects.

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Unparalleled Support

MasterControl’s integration services are designed to identify problems before clients even detect them. But there may be times when you have questions or see an issue that can’t be detected through operational monitoring. When these instances arise, our support specialists are always on hand to answer questions, resolve problems or, if necessary, perform maintenance to resolve issues.

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