It’s no secret what a Laboratory Information Management System, or LIMS, can do for a lab. However traditionally, LIMS have been very expensive to purchase, host, and maintain. This has given the competitive advantage to larger labs who can afford to pay for the benefits of a LIMS. Due to regulations, like FDA part 11, smaller labs are forced to use paper to track results and create reports for their clients.’
The Benefits of using a LIMS
First and foremost, using a LIMS increases the efficiency of both your employees as well as the flow of samples and information through the lab. Secondly, it will improve the quality of reports and allow your clients to automatically receive them.
The primary drawback is the huge up-front expense. Most LIMS will charge 6-figures for the software, and it’s not even set up yet. Then, for most LIMS, you will have to host it in your lab. That will take buying computers, networking equipment, etc. Then you have to deal with backups, security, and availability yourself. If you already have the staff to manage the LIMS, then you are good. If you don’t, the expertise needed to run the already expensive solution is prohibitive.
Using Cloud-based LIMS
Enter the cloud. With a cloud-based LIMS, your LIMS provider does all the hard work of making sure your data is safe and always available – even on mobile devices in the field. That allows you to do what you do so well – run your lab.
Also, you don’t have to start will a large outlay of cash before you even know if it is right for you. You can start using a cloud-based LIMS on a monthly basis. When you have been running for 6-12 months and you know it is the right system for your lab, you can switch to an annual contract that should provide a significant discount.
In fact, cloud-based LIMS eliminate the drawbacks of traditional LIMS so much, that even though labs may currently use traditional LIMS, they will soon opt for cloud-based solutions.