November 23, 2020:COVID-19 pandemic rages on, and with it plenty of changes since late August. As such, it was time to again update our guide COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory. For this "Fall 2020" edition (previous version was "2.0"), not only are historical data, statistics, URLs, and test kit information updated, as usual. This update also adds the latest on the long-term effects of the disease, organizational and agency guidance, changes to laboratory-developed tests, billing and reporting, point-of-care and at-home testing, biosafety, and much more. Some lengthy sections were also given a few subsection headers for better presentation. May the new content prove useful. Stay safe!
August 27, 2020:COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory. Not only has the rapidly changing state of the COVID-19 pandemic forced more timely updates to this guide, but also a need to clarify how a laboratory can get started with COVID-19 and other respiratory testing became obvious. As such, the guide receives an entire new chapter on the considerations surrounding adding such testing workflow to your lab. Additionally, statistics have been updated, new test methods and findings have been added, citations have been updated and added, and other minor tweaks have been made. As such, the guide has been incremented from version 1.1 to 2.0. Hope you find the new content useful. Stay safe!
July 24, 2020:cybersecurity guide. With more laboratories than ever using networked hardware and software tools to manage data, improve workflows, and provide insights, it seemed time to address the importance of laboratories focusing on cybersecurity. We say "laboratories," but to be fair, our completed Comprehensive Guide to Developing and Implementing a Cybersecurity Plan and its companion piece, An Example Cybersecurity Plan, will undoubtedly be useful to practically any business wanting to take a start at or improve existing cybersecurity planning. The guide provides background to cybersecurity planning, proposes a 10-step process for creating a plan, and offers up a simplified version of security controls from NIST Special Publication 800-53, Rev. 4, tied into our existing LIMSpec document. The example plan puts that 10-step process to work in the fictional environmental lab ABC123 Co. We hope you find both documents useful. May your cybersecurity efforts be fruitful!