LigoLab’s LIS Software Offers Server Flexibility

LigoLab’s LIS Software Offers Server Flexibility

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In today’s digitally transforming world, tech-driven innovation is everywhere. It’s advancing at a speed that makes it challenging for even the most tech-savvy healthcare organizations to keep pace. 

There’s no escaping it. Healthcare providers simply cannot afford to ignore innovation and new technologies; otherwise, they will fail to retain customers, gain new ones, and soon become obsolete. This is especially true for clinical laboratories (including molecular labs) and anatomic pathology groups providing diagnostic services for laboratory medicine. 

In most cases, laboratory decision-makers are well-versed in what modern laboratory information system vendors (LIS abbreviation medical) can offer with their pathology lab software but for various reasons (like concerns over the potential for laboratory disruption and personnel having to learn an entirely new LIS system) don’t act. 

That’s a shame because even though change is often wrongfully linked with anxiety, implementing a new laboratory information system software doesn’t have to be an overwhelming ordeal, and it’s not when you choose the best LIS company to partner with.

Learn More: Is Your Laboratory Information System and Lab Vendor Holding Your Laboratory Hostage?

A modern LIS company like LigoLab Information Systems and its all-in-one platform that supports all laboratory information system functions and in-house laboratory billing with end-to-end data integrity and full transparency can do what rigid and legacy LIS systems can’t. 

Modern LIS system software (also sometimes called LIS software or pathology software) drives clinical laboratory workflow efficiencies that remove bottlenecks and create new business opportunities and new revenue streams. They also help to relieve the lab industry’s current staffing burden and help reign in rising operational costs. LIS system software does this by adding automation to technical and lab billing workflows, enabling labs to efficiently fill the gaps created by a lack of qualified personnel and gain cost certainty. 

Unlike legacy LIS systems that are limited in automation, functionality, and support for client preferences, modern laboratory information systems offer the flexibility labs need to create market differentiation and uniquely deliver what modern-day customers require. This allows them to compete better today and remain relevant and profitable well into the future. 

Learn More: Comparing LigoLab Informatics Platform with Legacy Laboratory Information System Software

On the Cloud or On-Premises Deployment - Do Modern Laboratory Information Systems Support Each Option? 

So how can lab leaders quickly identify modern laboratory information system software (LIS pathology) among the many LIS software vendors and then zero in on the best LIS for their needs? 

An excellent place to start is to determine whether the lab information system offered has the flexibility to be deployed both on the Cloud and on-premises. 

As the saying goes, “No two medical labs are exactly alike.” This remains a truism to this day. In answering where a lab’s server should be based, the proper response should be “Where it most benefits the lab,” so partnering with laboratory information system vendors that can deliver on the Cloud and on-premises server options is key.

For established laboratory operators that already employ an IT department, have a server room, and care to keep the data close to them, continuing with an on-premises server might be the best option going forward. For newer or start-up operations with smaller testing volumes and no plans to hire an extensive IT team, a server on the Cloud is likely the more prudent choice. 

This question is often asked when we demonstrate the LigoLab platform’s features and functions to prospective clients. They assume the need to hire an army of internal IT support to manage the LIS system. The simple truth is that with LigoLab, IT support is covered by the LIS company as part of its licensing agreement with the customer.

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Comparing Cloud vs. On-Premises for Your LIS System 

As mentioned earlier, choosing on the Cloud or on-premises for your server location comes down to what’s best for the laboratory. Here’s a quick comparison of the two options so laboratory directors can determine what’s best for them and their laboratory information systems.

Cloud Advantages

  • Access anytime and from anywhere via a web browser
  • There is no need to invest in hardware and server maintenance
  • Quicker deployment of the LIS system

Cloud Disadvantages

  • Reliable internet access is required
  • It may be more costly over time
  • Not as customizable

On-Premises Advantages

  • The cost of ownership often trends lower over time
  • More control over the data and changes to the LIS system 
  • Not reliant on internet connectivity and other external factors

On-Premises Disadvantages

  • Large upfront capital investment
  • The lab is responsible for maintenance, data backups, storage, and disaster recovery
  • Implementations typically take longer 

LigoLab Offers What Growing Labs Need - a True Laboratory Information System Partner

“With LigoLab, we take care of all the technical aspects of the LIS system,” said LigoLab CEO Suren Avunjian. “We handle the server maintenance, data backup, LIS software updates, interfacing, configurations, and more. We serve as a lab’s complete off-site laboratory information systems partner.”

In a cloud-based server scenario, Avunjian recommends employing locally outsourced troubleshooting help for any minor IT issues related to hardware that may come up (for example a printer not performing properly). 

“Most high-throughput labs have an IT department and can manage the complexities of having their data center on-premises. For smaller labs still establishing themselves and with less volumes the on-premises option may ultimately be more costly,” continued Avunjian.

In truth, LigoLab’s medical LIS software (pathology reporting software) was designed with the flexibility to support labs of all sizes fully, and a growing percentage of LigoLab clients are choosing the cloud-based server option.

“25 to 30 percent of our clients operate without in-house IT departments,” added Avunjian.

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LigoLab’s All-in-One Laboratory Information System and Laboratory Billing Platform

Whether your lab chooses the Cloud or on-premises option you’re in good hands with LigoLab’s comprehensive laboratory information system and laboratory billing (lab revenue cycle management) platform. In addition to enhanced laboratory workflow management, its performance-based license and support fee are aligned with a lab’s immediate needs and financial goals. The license is based on tiered pricing plus monthly volume and case type. Also noteworthy, the LigoLab LIS software license has no limit on the number of users or support. 

Learn More: LigoLab Informatics Platform: Uniquely Designed to Deliver Maximum Value

LigoLab provides its partner laboratories with all the modules it will need to be successful, a refreshing alternative to the hidden cost approach used by legacy laboratory information system companies that hide behind add-on costs for modules beyond a base set-up and future upgrades.

Learn More: What You Need to Know Before Contracting with a Laboratory Information System (LIS) Company

In addition to modules that support anatomic pathology (anatomic pathology software; anatomic pathology LIS), clinical pathology (medical LIS), molecular diagnostics (molecular LIS), lab revenue cycle management (lab RCM), and direct-to-consumer lab testing (TestDirectly and TesDirectly.com), the license and support fee also includes access to all of platform’s support modules and support engines. This includes modules for laboratory outreach solutions, sample tracking, QC/QA, document imaging, client portal (remote orders/report delivery), inventory management, customer relationship management (laboratory customer service software), and business intelligence reporting (widgets and dashboards). With LigoLab, users get all the benefits of a comprehensive laboratory information system software platform from day one.

Learn More: Transforming Patient Care: The Power of Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in Healthcare

LigoLab - A Leading Provider of Laboratory Information Systems

LigoLab is an award-winning provider of innovative end-to-end laboratory information systems for pathology laboratories, servicing nearly 300 facilities nationwide. 

The LigoLab platform empowers medical laboratories to serve patients better, differentiate themselves in the marketplace, scale their operations, and become more compliant and profitable.

Learn more by scheduling a brief consultation or a LIS system demonstration with a LigoLab product specialist. 

Michael Kalinowski
Michael Handles Marketing and Communications for LigoLab

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