Computer Aid, Inc.

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Computer Aid, Inc.
Type Incorporated
Industry IT services, Laboratory informatics
Headquarters 1390 Ridgeview Drive, Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Number of locations 34[1]
Area served Worldwide
Net income $400M[1]
Employees 3,000[1]
Website Business site:

Computer Aid, Inc. is an IT services firm that also develops and distributes the laboratory information management system (LIMS) software HealthLIMS. Computer Aid is also the software implementer and developer for some of the software offerings of non-profit corporation National Agribusiness Technology Center (NATC).[2][3][1]


Computer Aid, Inc. was founded in 1981 as an IT consulting business.[1][4]

In 2004, Computer Aid began working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to "design, develop, and implement the Pennsylvania Animal Health Emergency Reporting Diagnostic System (PAHERDS)."[5] In 2005, Computer Aid again worked with the PDA to develop what would become USALIMS, and in 2006 they developed USAPlants, a computer application for agriculture management, for the PDA.[5][1] The PDA would later go on to create the Animal Health Information Management Consortium (AHIMC) to share that software with other state agencies.[1] Ultimately, the State donated all these software applications to the National Agribusiness Technology Center, which made the software available under the integrated AgraGuard platform for free to state and local governments.[2][6]

Computer Aid continues to work with the NATC as a software implementer of its originally developed software offerings.[2][3]

Technology and products


HealthLIMS is a LIS-like laboratory information management system (LIMS) "that supports the full life cycle of testing human biospecimens" in local and state public health laboratories.[7] The software is based off the USALIMS offering it originally created for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.[7][8] The software can also be hosted under the SaaS model.[9]


Product: HealthLIMS
Experiment, patient, and data management
Sample login and management?Y[7]
Sample tracking?Y[7]
Sample and/or result batching?Y[9]
Task and event scheduling?
Option for manual result entry?
Multiple data viewing methods?
Configurable templates and forms?
Data and trend analysis?
Data and equipment sharing?
Data mining?
Customizable fields and/or interface?
Query capability?
Import data?
Internal file or data linking?
External file or data linking?
ELN support or integration?
Export data to MS Excel?
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?Y[9]
Project and/or task management?
Test, experiment, and/or trial management?Y[9]
Inventory management?
Document and/or image management?
Patient and case management?Y[9]
Workflow management?
Specification management?
Customer and physician management?
Billing and revenue management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?Y[8]
QA / QC functions?Y[9]
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?Y[9]
Chain of custody?
Configurable roles and security?Y[9]
Data normalization?
Data validation?
Data encryption?
Version control?
Automatic data backup?
Environmental monitoring?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?Y[9]
Synoptic reporting?
Report printing?Y[9]
Label support?Y[7]
Barcode and/or RFID support?Y[7]
Export to PDF?
Export to MS Word?
Export to HTML and/or XML?
Fax integration?Y[7]
Email integration?Y[7]
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[9]
Instrument interfacing and management?Y[9]
Mobile device integration?
Third-party software integration?
Alarms and/or alerts?
Work-related time tracking?
Voice recognition system?
External monitoring?Y[9]
Web client or portal?Y[7]
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?Y[9]
Usage-based cost?
Industries served
public health and service


Additional information

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Abdelmalek, Chris (20 July 2013). "Computer Aid, Inc. - Pesticide Applicator Certification And Training Workshop" (PDF). Computer Aid, Inc. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Association of Food and Drug Officials - Exhibitors". Association of Food and Drug Officials. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The National Agribusiness Technology Center - Press / News". National Agribusiness Technology Center. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. "CAI History". Computer Aid, Inc. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "U.S. Animal Health Management System - Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships" (PDF). NASCIO. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  6. "Sole Source Determination - Requisition Number: AGR1229". State of West Virginia. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 "HealthLIMS - An Enterprise LIMS for State Health Departments". Computer Aid, Inc. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "HealthLIMS" (PDF). Computer Aid, Inc. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 "HealthLIMS - Features". Computer Aid, Inc. Retrieved 12 August 2014.