Perhaps you’ve jumped feet first into instrument buying decisions, LIMS & other systems evaluations, and reporting package selections and now you find yourself in an informatics quagmire where you are left to figure out how to make sense of it all. Before making your next purchase decision, take time to map out your desired laboratory information landscape by creating a Laboratory Informatics Strategy.
A Laboratory Informatics Strategy is a comprehensive roadmap that defines how laboratory systems and data are leveraged to drive your business. It takes into account not only the systems and data, but also their associated processes, governance, and the cultural context within which these systems and the data live. If your company has an enterprise informatics strategy, it should support that strategy. If not, your laboratory informatics strategy should at a minimum be aligned with the company’s overall corporate strategy. The strategy should map the following six informatics process groups against each of the focus areas of your business:
- Acquire—Collection and storage of data from various sources such as instruments, manual data entry, and system generated data, focusing on the right acquisition method for each source
- Manage—Data updates and data consistency, data security, change control and audit, data governance, data integrity, data quality
- Integrate—Migration of data, data integration & harmonization of information from multiple data sources
- Analyze—Making sense of information through statistical analysis, data mining, and other analytical techniques
- Present—Laboratory decision support, business intelligence, dashboards & reports, focusing on a purpose-driven, role-based knowledge delivery
- Dispose—Disaster recovery, backup/retrieval, archiving and destruction of data (according to data retention policies)
When the guiding principles defined for each process are applied to each business area, you then have a framework for making purchasing, implementation and other decisions for your laboratory and your business.
The Power of Leveraging LabAnswer’s Experience
LabAnswer provides strategic services based in the reality of having built, integrated, deployed and supported more laboratory informatics systems than any other consultancy. Our experts can help determine what type of systems are actually needed, where specific data should reside, what systems should be consolidated, and how the remaining systems need to be integrated. Through the process of creating an informatics strategy for your laboratory, we can help you answer questions such as
- What technologies will help you reach your business objectives?
- What systems are used and integrated in laboratories in your industry?
- How can you incorporate industry best practices into your existing environment?
- What laboratory architecture best supports both your current and future business needs?
- What governance is needed to establish and maintain this new architecture?
A Solid, Cohesive Laboratory Informatics Strategy
Working with LabAnswer to formalize the answers to these questions results in a framework for sound decision making that can be used when maintaining and enhancing your laboratory informatics environment. So before you make that next purchasing decision, leverage LabAnswer’s broad and deep experience to develop a solid, cohesive Laboratory Informatics Strategy to guide you.