Expert Advice for a Successful LIMS System/LIS System Implementation
March 21, 2023
LigoLab CEO Suren Avunjian recently participated in a CLPMag.com cover story focused on what’s needed to ensure a successful LIMS/LIS implementation. In the article, authored by Aimee O’Driscoll, Avunjian is joined by other industry thought leaders and together they offer their expert advice based on past laboratory information system implementation experiences.
The article includes the 7 Best Practices that all clinical labs can follow as they go through this very important process. Frankly, this is a must-read for any lab that’s at least contemplating a LIS software upgrade.
Key suggestions from Avunjian in the article included the following:
- Don’t just choose a vendor, choose a LIMS/LIS software partner
- Approach the decision with a long-term view, thereby ensuring that the chosen system can adapt as the lab grows and evolves
- Beware of hidden costs and expensive add-ons
- Assign a project lead
- When possible, always choose one system over multiple systems to eliminate data silos and connectivity issues
- Make a commitment to validate configurations and desired clinical workflows
Let’s also take this opportunity to expand beyond the CLP article and highlight LigoLab’s detailed approach to LIMS system/LIS system implementations.
With LigoLab the implementation process includes four phases:
Discovery - A complete domain analysis takes place, and this includes an examination of all workflows, tools, and instruments. Our team maps out a lab’s entire operation and identifies key areas where improvements can be made.
Configuration - The implementation team starts with the baseline configuration of master files, enhancement requests, historical data imports, and interface builds.
Testing and Validation - At this stage, the laboratory begins to process live cases in parallel and any workflow gaps are discovered and addressed.
Go-Live - With testing and validation completed, the new system is ready for go-live. As the lab starts to use the new system in a live environment, the implementation team handholds lab personnel, working directly with them to iron out any last-minute issues and make tweaks as needed.
To learn more about LigoLab and the support our team provides at every stage of implementation, please visit the Our Process section of our website, plus the other links listed below.