Small labs often face difficulty in determining the need for and selecting a feasible LIMS. This is primarily due to the abundance of make-shift, stand-alone solutions which, in theory, can suffice. With limited resources, small sample volume and fewer revenue sources to track, it can be easy to underestimate the importance of a robust LIMS. Another factor that affects the selection process is the availability of several modern lab management software, providing advanced features to platform multi-centred labs. With such seemingly advanced options available in the market, small labs find it difficult to determine whether these systems are built to cater to their own minimalist needs. Not to forget their apprehension that adopting such software will be too costly for their business.
Laboratory Information Management Software is primarily designed to make lab workflow simpler and efficient, irrespective of its size. How easily a laboratory is able to do at the basics like manage patient data, generate accurate reports and provide a pleasant experience to customers and end-users will largely determine whether the business grows. Therefore, even if it is just to aid these functions, a LIMS becomes an important piece of the puzzle.
Here are a few benefits that can ease your process and help you choose the right LIMS -
Convenient Installation within Basic Infrastructure
Considering the space limitations that a small lab business has, using cloud based LIMS that offers software as a service (Saas) is more feasible. Cloud-based systems don’t need servers and Leased Line Internet connections. As such software requires no additional infrastructure, you can save considerable expenses on associated hardware, maintenance, and manpower.
Fits in a Low Budget Range
On account of small capital expenditure budgets, smaller lab businesses will always purchase systems that are priced very low. A low purchase price, however, often means great compromises in terms of usability and reliability and often have high maintenance and operating costs. Lab information systems for small labs must have a low overall cost of ownership, and should not compromise on quality or reliability.
A cloud based LIMS provides a ‘pay as you use’ model that is budget-friendly for any type of lab. Demanding no additional charges for maintenance or infrastructure, you can use highly reliable and robust cloud services to your complete credibility.
Offers Data Safety In-spite Power cuts
Small labs usually switch to laboratory information software to effectively manage their business putting in all useful data on the system. However, with challenges like frequent power-cuts, server downtime or system error possibilities, labs often face data loss issues. In case of such challenges, considering LIMS that uses cloud storage is an optimal choice. Using LIS that offers a cloud platform for storage and management of your business provides safety, security and backup facility for your data.
Ease to Scale Business
With the availability of software that seamlessly manages workflow despite having limited staff, small laboratories can look forward to significant business growth. LIMS’ designed for medical diagnostics should ideally offer features that allow you to add new centres or clients easily over its network; thus expanding your business over just a keypress. As compared to standalone systems, cloud-based software has a plug and play approach, giving labs the ability to enter digital markets and reach out to stakeholders using online medium.
Online Mobility to Manage Business
With more systems becoming mobile today, lab software has also been upgraded to ensure mobility in operations. It allows you to use internet-ready devices to remotely access your laboratory and stay updated. Cloud-supported LIS gives real-time tracking facility wherein you can have better control of your laboratory operations on your fingertips. If featured with a mobile application, lab informatics software can make it easier for doctors to check patients’ history, sign & submit patient reports from anywhere. Using electronic report delivery, you can improve stakeholder experience and reduce overall logistical time & cost.
Healthcare is going digital, and with the need to be relevant, small & medium labs need a solution that helps them be at the forefront of such industry change, a solution that helps them grow despite size and geography.
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