|Founded||July 24, 2000|
|Founder(s)||John H. Jones|
2400 Lake Park Drive|
Smyrna, Georgia 30080, U.S.
|Revenue||$2.5 to 5 million|
LabLynx, Inc. is a privately owned, funded, and managed American corporation that develops, supports, and markets laboratory information management system (LIMS) solutions. Its most well-known product is webLIMS, a browser-based LIMS offered as a local installation or under a scalable, hosted "software as a service" (SaaS) delivery model. The company’s primary clients include laboratories in the agriculture, clinical, environmental, forensics, health care, and manufacturing industries, including government agencies. The company is known for introducing one of the first browser-based LIMS products in 1997 and being a long-term player in the laboratory informatics market.
Before LabLynx was a company, it was a LIMS product offered by Atlanta Systems Consultants, Inc. (ASC). Formed in 1992, ASC's LabLynx division later began work on a laboratory information management system designed specifically for a web browser. ASC demonstrated its new Internet Explorer-based LabLynx LIMS at Pittcon in 1997, among the first browser-based LIMS to appear at the time. The company again showcased LabLynx at Pittcon in 1998 and soon after picked up a major LIMS-based contract with the U.S. Customs Service.
By July 2000, the LabLynx division of ASC separated to become its own incorporated entity. And while ASC eventually ceased to exist in 2005, LabLynx, Inc. went on to diversify its offerings. LabLynx’s browser-based LIMS previously demonstrated at Pittcon in 1997 expanded to become ELab, which in 2001 took on an application service provider (ASP) model of distribution. In 2004 LabLynx released a browser-based tool called openLIMS, which gave consultants and end-users the ability "to build custom LIMS solutions that are geared to the exact operational needs of many different laboratories."
On June 19, 2006, LabLynx established the Laboratory Informatics Institute, an open membership group with the purpose of advancing the field of laboratory informatics and shaping the standards associated with it. LabLynx made further moves to better its LIMS offerings in August 2008, renewing and expanding its contract with Nagarro, Inc., a U.S.-based technology consulting firm. The collaboration allowed LabLynx to upgrade its existing LIMS software to .NET architecture and expand its initiative to create and market a SaaS-based LIMS. Less than a year after the announced renewed partnership, LabLynx revealed its redeveloped webLIMS product to the public, featuring ELab in a SaaS model and additional integration of developer tools to allow users to create and modify modules for the LIMS. This move to a cloud-based SaaS model brought renewed interest in the company’s LIMS, with clients like the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Cypress Bioscience taking on the new LIMS.
In 2011, LabLynx was involved in an initiative to standardize and structure the transmission of laboratory data that first originates in a LIMS or LIS and then moves to a person's or population of people's electronic health records. This laboratory results interface (LRI) pilot began in August 2011 and included collaborations with the supported open source project mdDigest and the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
In February 2015, LabLynx announced the introduction of HealthCloudPOL, a cloud-based laboratory information system (LIS) for the physician office laboratory (POL), making the basic starter package free to users.
Since transitioning from Atlanta Systems Consultants, Inc. to LabLynx, Inc. in 2000, LabLynx has become increasingly active in the laboratory informatics community. Projects that LabLynx has started or been involved in within the community include:
- the Laboratory Informatics Institute, an open trade association with the mission of educating, standardizing, and promoting the laboratory informatics industry
- LIMSfinder, an online interactive magazine released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute that aims to be "the best resource for information technology in the laboratory"
- LIMSbook, a LIMS buyer’s guide released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute
- LIMSforum, a LinkedIn discussion group created to facilitate the exchange of ideas and technical information across the fields of laboratory, science, and health informatics
- LIMSuniversity, an open-access learning resource released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute, targeted towards laboratories and the LIMS community
- LIMSwiki, a Creative Commons-licensed wiki with the goal of bringing related informatics communities together to maintain a repository of information about the industry
Technology and products
LabLynx develops, supports, and markets several products for the laboratory, science, and health industries:
webLIMS is a hosted software as a service (SaaS) version of its original ELab LIMS. LabLynx introduced the offering in March 2009, touting 35 different laboratory informatics and business applications in the hosted package. As with most SaaS software, LabLynx intends to reduce cost to laboratories, decrease the amount of downtime, and provide a more scalable LIMS solution with its webLIMS service.
In 2009, LabLynx claimed the facility it uses for hosting the webLIMS application is an "SAS70 Type II audited, ultra-safe and fully redundant data center." To prevent downtime due to power outages, LabLynx states that its data center has:
- parallel independent supply lines and facility circuits
- instant battery backup and transition to multiple parallel diesel turbine generators
- hardware powered by two separate feeds and a Tripp Lite instant power distribution switch to the alternative feed
LiMStudio is a virtual desktop add-on to LabLynx’s webLIMS hosted application. It consists of a collection of 10 development tools that allow webLIMS users to modify the applications in their account to their own needs. It also allows users the ability to create their own applications to connect to the LIMS, providing a more scalable and customizable LIMS option to clients.
HealthCloudPOL is a cloud-based laboratory information system (LIS) for the physician office laboratory (POL), introduced by the company in early 2015. The basic entry-level package is available for free to users. The company claims the software provides features such as order management, user management, sample batching, test parameter management, reporting, patient management, control charting, audit trails, and inventory management, among other functionality.
LabLynx claims the facility it uses for hosting the HealthCloudPOL application is a "state-of-the-art fully SSAE-16 SOC-2, TIA-942 compliant Cloud-Hosting Primary Data Center, with ongoing backups and redundancy both onsite and at a second, geographically remote, site."
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The following product features are listed for webLIMS, as found on the LabLynx site. (As noted, webLIMS has most of the same features of ELab, its legacy product.) For more about the features of LabLynx products, consult the feature table below.
1. Sample login, accessioning, etc.
• Link documents, tests, processes, and paths to match your workflow.
• Create scheduled events.
• Create variations for cases, projects/lots, and sample points.
• Create sample and result batches.
• Generate barcode labels and schedule the generation of them.
• Track inventory, samples, etc.
3. Mobile device integration and support
4. Workload management
• Designate responsibility for any samples, batches or other items based on location, qualification, or other criteria.
• View analyst's assignments
5. Workflow management
• Set an unlimited number of processes.
• Assign specific processes to a specific sample.
• Define regular intervals for anything, including sample/batch receipt, instrument calibration and maintenance, training courses, and shelf life.
• Schedule holidays and time off.
7. Sample analysis and results entry
• Assign sample tests and paths.
• Enter results manually or imports them directly from instruments.
• View, report, analyze, organize, and export results.
• Supports all character types.
• Enter comments or attach images.
• Create templates to apply as desired, or create QC samples on an ad-hoc basis.
• Support for out-of-limit flagging, formulas, and charting/trending.
9. Instrument interfacing, calibration, and maintenance
• Can interface with any instrument that produces a text file.
• Track maintenance and calibration history, including any uploaded receipts or other documents.
• Store instrument details like model, serial number, date of purchase, assigned tests, authorized analysts, etc.
10. Electronic data exchange
• Upload instrument results.
• Integrate with third-party software.
• Electronically report to systems like eLexnet or other government-mandated protocols.
• Perform numerous calculations, including standard arithmetic, log base 10, exponent, and absolute value.
• Includes standard QC-type calcs like "% Recovery of QC Spike," etc.
• Results from other tests may be included in calculations.
12. Sample management and tracking
• Track the check-in, check-out, transfer, and disposition of samples and other items through the laboratory.
• Document location, date/time, and identity of the user performing the actions.
• Use configurable standard or create custom reports using the active reporting tool or database reporting tools.
• Print, fax, and e-mail generated reports.
• Export to Excel and other formats.
14. Trending and control charting
• Export data to Excel for charting of trends.
• Use built-in control charting function
15. Audit trails
• Modifications made to information are stamped with that user’s identification and the system level date and time.
• Users required to enter a reason for result changes.
• Captures the newly entered result as well as the edited result.
• Audit trail can be full or targeted.
16. Chain of custody
• Support to NELAC/NELAP standards.
• Chain of custody reports printable on demand.
17. Document management
• Upload and retrieve documents of any kind.
• Associate documents with samples, results, personnel, customers, instrument maintenance tracking, etc.
• Versioning is forced where required.
• Organize and track any defined items in the LIMS, grouping them according to specific criteria.
• Track storage, usage, and quantity.
• Receive alerts when stocks go below a defined level.
19. Training tracking
• Track completed courses and certifications for all personnel.
• Receive alerts when additional training is required to maintain certifications.
• Upload and manage associated documents.
20. Event-driven alerts
• Create alert definitions which are triggered according to your requirements.
• Trigger events such as sending e-mails based on user-defined criteria.
21. Multi-language support
• Configure language settings.
• Configure time zone differences for multinational deployment.
23. Version control
• Versioning forced on all relevant changes to system data, including tests, parameters, limits, reports, configurations, and software.
• All changes are date- and time-stamped
• Most aspects of the system can be configured, including database tables, fields, screens, calculations, reports, charts, external interfaces, tests, parameters, limits.
• Define and link processes, tests, and sample or batch paths and all of the associated parameters/limits.
• Configure security permissions from micro to macro level on individual screens, tests, processes, job functions, departments, and laboratory locations.
25. Knowledge management
• Archive old data for later queries and data mining.
• Warehouse results, reports, trends, e-mails, pricing, invoicing, notes, training, and instrument maintenance tracking information.
| The following feature list(s) is/are derived solely from public, freely-available online information the vendor provides. A lack of a "Y" does not necessarily mean that the product doesn't have that feature. The lack of a "Y" could mean:
Source for pricing information is via LabLynx. As prices may change at any time, always contact the vendor directly to obtain a price list or quote.
|LIMS Product Price List|
|Part number||Description|| Number of
|LLX-WLM-02||webLIMS.com (SaaS) Edition for 2 Concurrent Users
(Prices quoted are per month.)
|LLX-WLM-05||webLIMS.com (SaaS) Edition for 5 Concurrent Users
(Prices quoted are per month.)
|LLX-WLM-10||webLIMS.com (SaaS) Edition for 10 Concurrent Users
(Prices quoted are per month.)
|LLX-WLM-25||webLIMS.com (SaaS) Edition for 25 Concurrent Users
(Prices quoted are per month.)
|LLX-WLM-50||webLIMS.com (SaaS) Edition for 50 Concurrent Users
(Prices quoted are per month.)
|LLX-WLM-UL||webLIMS.com (SaaS) Edition for Unlimited Concurrent Users
(Prices quoted are per month.)
|LLX-ELBS-02||ELab SQL Edition for 2 Concurrent Users||2||$9,500||$4,750|
|LLX-ELBS-05||ELab SQL Edition for 5 Concurrent Users||5||$21,500||$4,300|
|LLX-ELBS-10||ELab SQL Edition for 10 Concurrent Users||10||$32,000||$3,200|
|LLX-ELBS-25||ELab SQL Edition for 25 Concurrent Users||25||$75,000||$3,000|
|LLX-ELBS-50||ELab SQL Edition for 50 Concurrent Users||50||$140,000||$2,800|
|LLX-ELBS-UL||ELab SQL Edition for Unlimited Concurrent Users||Unlimited||$275,000|
|LIMS Maintenance, Warranty, Support, and Service Plans|
|Maintenance and support plans||Maintenance||Annual service and support hours incl.||Support hours||Maintenance, support, and service costs||Special notes|
|Bronze||One year of unlimited updates and upgrades plus warranty||4||8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, excluding holidays||15% of total license fee; minimum $4,500 per year; hourly services and support at $185/hour||This plan is included at no charge to all webLIMS accounts with 1–9 concurrent users.|
|Silver||One year of unlimited updates and upgrades plus warranty||16||8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, excluding holidays||15% of total license fee; minimum $5,500 per year; hourly services and support at $175/hour||This plan is included at no charge to all webLIMS accounts with 10–24 concurrent users.|
|Gold||One year of unlimited updates and upgrades plus warranty||24||8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, excluding holidays||15% of total license fee; minimum $8,500 per year; hourly services and support at $165/hour||This plan is included at no charge to all webLIMS accounts with 25–74 concurrent users.|
|Platinum||One year of unlimited updates and upgrades plus warranty||40||24 hours per day, 7 days per week||15% of total license fee; minimum $25,000 per year; hourly services and support at $150/hour||This plan is included at no charge to all webLIMS accounts with 75+ concurrent users.|
LabLynx states the following pricing information for its physician office laboratory LISY: "HealthCloudPOL is free for unlimited users. You're only changed if you decide to integrate your instruments, EHR, or PM."
Demonstration videos and other media
The following demonstration videos are available for webLIMS and ELab:
- LabLynx: A Guide to the Company
- LIMS: The Laboratory ERP
- LIMS and ISO 17025
- The LabLynx ELab LIMS for Agriculture Labs
- The LabLynx ELab LIMS for Water/Wastewater and Environmental Labs
- The LabLynx ELab LIMS for Medical Examiners
- The LabLynx ELab LIMS for Pharmaceutical Labs
- ELab - Key Functions and Topics
- ELab: FOG Functionality
- ELab: Sample Login and Receiving in ELab
- ELab: Sample Receiving – In Depth
- ELab: Local and Remote Accessioning
- ELab: Data Entry - Manual, Bulk, Importing, and Instrument Interfaces
- ELab: External Interfaces, Queries, and Exporting Data
- ELab: Case Coordination
- ELab: Project Receiving
- ELab: Benchsheets
- ELab: Analysis Price Quoting and Invoicing
- ELab: Invoicing - Special Pricing, Editing and Tracking Invoices
- ELab: e-Signatures
- ELab: Password Management and Session Timeout
- ELab: Work Assignment and Tracking
- ELab: Inventory of Stocks, Standards, and Reagents
- ELab: Creating Storage Locations
- ELab: Changing Field Captions and Labels
- ELab: Instrument Calibration and Maintenance Management
- ELab: Creating and Editing Custom Reports
- ELab: Tracking and Versioning Reports
- ELab: Security Access Control
- ELab: Audit Trail
- ELab: Results Trending, QC Charting, and Limits Update
- ELab: Analyte and Test Group Management
- ELab: Creating and Managing Picklists
- ELab: System Setup
- ELab: Training Management and Certification Tracking
- ELab: Forensic Case Management
The following demonstration videos are available for HealthCloudPOL:
- Official website
- HealthCloudPOL website
- LIMSuniversity site
- LIMSfinder site
- LIMSwiki site
- LabLynx on Vimeo
- LabLynx on YouTube
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