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Laboratory Informatics Buyer's Guide for Medical Diagnostics and Research
2020 Edition
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Laboratory Informatics Buyer's Guide for Medical Diagnostics and Research, 2020 Edition

Title: Laboratory Informatics Buyer's Guide for Medical Diagnostics and Research, 2020 Edition

Author for citation: Shawn E. Douglas and Alan Vaughan

License for content: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Publication date: TBD

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1. Introduction to medical diagnostics and research laboratories
1.1 Medical diagnostics lab
1.1.1 Pathology
1.1.1.1 Anatomical vs. clinical pathology
1.1.1.2 Forensic pathology
1.1.2 Physician office lab
1.1.3 Integrative medicine lab
1.2 Public health lab
1.3 Toxicology lab
1.4 Blood bank and transfusion lab
1.5 Central and contract research lab
1.5.1 Medical and other research in academia
1.6 Genetic diagnostics lab
1.6.1 Cytogenetics lab
1.7 Medical cannabis testing lab
2. Choosing laboratory informatics software for your lab
2.1 Evaluation and selection
2.1.1 Technology considerations
2.1.1.1 Laboratory informatics options
2.1.2 Features and functions
2.1.3 Cybersecurity considerations
2.1.4 Regulatory compliance considerations
2.1.5 Cost considerations
2.2 Implementation
2.2.1 Internal and external integrations
2.3 MSW, updates, and other contracted services
2.4 How a user requirements specification fits into the entire process (LIMSpec)
3. Additional resources for selecting and implementing informatics solutions
Part 1: Laboratory informatics vendors
3.1 Laboratory informatics vendors
3.1.1 LIMS vendors
3.1.2 LIS vendors
3.1.3 ELN vendors
3.1.4 Middleware vendors
Part 2: Other vendors and service providers
3.2 Medical diagnostics instrumentation vendors
3.3 EHR vendors
3.4 Laboratory business intelligence and workflow solution vendors
3.5 Laboratory billing service providers
Part 3: Industry and community resources
3.6 Trade organizations
3.7 Conferences and trade shows
3.8 User communities
3.9 Books and journals
3.10 Standards
3.11 LIMSpec
4. Taking the next step
4.1 Develop a specification document (LIMSpec) tailored to your lab's needs
4.2 Issue the specification as a request for information (RFI)
4.3 Acquire information and proposals from vendors
4.3.1 The value of demonstrations
5. Closing remarks
Appendix 1. Blank LIMSpec template for medical diagnostics and research labs
A1.1 Introduction and methodology
A1.2 Primary Laboratory Workflow
A1.3 Maintaining Laboratory Workflow and Operations
A1.4 Specialty Laboratory Functions
A1.5 Technology and Performance Improvements
A1.6 Security and Integrity of Systems and Operations
A1.7 Putting LIMSpec to Use
Appendix 2. Completed example of LIMSpec for medical diagnostics and research labs
A2.1 Primary Laboratory Workflow
A2.2 Maintaining Laboratory Workflow and Operations
A2.3 Specialty Laboratory Functions
A2.4 Technology and Performance Improvements
A2.5 Security and Integrity of Systems and Operations