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LIMSwiki is a collaborative wiki dedicated to the scientific community, featuring organized, documented, and up-to-date content regarding all aspects of laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and health informatics. LIMSwiki also strives to maintain relevant knowledge about laboratory equipment as well as commercial and open-source software likely to be used in a laboratory setting. This also includes the vendors of such equipment and software.

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"Timely delivery of laboratory efficiency information, Part I: Developing an interactive turnaround time dashboard at a high-volume laboratory"

Mean turnaround time (TAT) reporting for testing laboratories in a national network is typically static and not immediately available for meaningful corrective action and does not allow for test-by-test or site-by-site interrogation of individual laboratory performance. The aim of this study was to develop an easy-to-use, visual dashboard to report interactive graphical TAT data to provide a weekly snapshot of TAT efficiency. An interactive dashboard was developed by staff from the National Priority Programme and Central Data Warehouse of the National Health Laboratory Service in Johannesburg, South Africa, during 2018. Steps required to develop the dashboard were summarized in a flowchart. To illustrate the dashboard, one week of data from a busy laboratory for a specific set of tests was analyzed using annual performance plan TAT cutoffs. Data were extracted and prepared to deliver an aggregate extract, with statistical measures provided, including test volumes, global percentage of tests that were within TAT cutoffs, and percentile statistics. (Full article...)

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A LIMSwiki book is a collection of LIMSwiki articles that can be easily saved to the wiki, rendered electronically in PDF, or ordered as a printed book. Need to know more about LIMSwiki books?

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A LIMSwiki journal article is a selected open-access article relating to various fields of informatics, free to republish elsewhere with proper citation. You can browse the collection using the tools below. Also note that like other articles found on this wiki, journal articles can be added to LIMSwiki books.

For a full listing of journals — open-access and otherwise — relating to laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and other forms of informatics, please see LIMSWiki:Resources/Journals.

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We've created several resources for users of the wiki over the years, including the LIMSwiki informatics resource portal, which contains among other tools:

  1. Magazines, journals, and blogs
  2. Organizations, not-for-profits, and special interest groups
  3. Conferences and trade shows
  4. Consultants
  5. Knowledge base, research, and reference
  6. Educational programs, training, and certifications
These resources have received a thorough refresh as of July 2021.

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August 24, 2021:

I'm pleased to announce the release of several new guides! First we have Choosing and Implementing a Cloud-based Service for Your Laboratory. This one has been a long while in the making, but we finally have it out in all its first edition glory. This guide examines the current state of cloud computing and the security mechanisms inherent to it, especially in regards to how they relate to today's laboratories. The guide also, necessarily, addresses organizational risk management before actually getting into the nuts and bolts of how the lab can benefit from cloud-based informatics applications such as laboratory information management systems (LIMS). In particular, this guide emphasizes the connection between the laboratory's quality control personnel and efforts towards maintaining the secure use of cloud applications in the lab. It also addresses the usefulness of managed security services before getting into selecting them and other cloud providers, and the RFI procedures that can benefit the selection process. Several appendices provide extra contextual information to your provider selection journey.

Secondly, the LIMS Buyer’s Guide for Cannabis Testing Laboratories is live on our sister wiki, CannaQAwiki. This guide recognizes the challenges of the current cannabis testing environment for laboratories and identifies the value of the LIMS towards lessening the impact of those challenges on the cannabis testing lab. Happy reading!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:56, 24 August 2021 (UTC)


July 1, 2021:

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This quick update is to inform you that after some neglect, the education section of the LIMSwiki Resource center has finally received an update. Time was short to check everything in each higher education facility's record, but all education program URLs were verfied and updated extensively. In a few cases, additional or new programs were added when found. This resource was originally developed in 2013, and in 2016 it received an update. It was very much in need of a refresh (particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged many higher education programs), and I finally found a little time to get it done. Happy educational program hunting!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 23:49, 1 July 2021 (UTC)