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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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"Anatomic pathology quality assurance: Developing an LIS-based tracking and documentation module for intradepartmental consultations"

An electronic intradepartmental consultation system for anatomic pathology (AP) was conceived and developed in the laboratory information system (LIS) of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2019. Previously, all surgical pathology intradepartmental consultative activities were initiated and documented with paper forms, which were circulated with the pertinent microscopic slides and were eventually filed. In this study, we discuss the implementation and utilization of an electronic intradepartmental AP consultation system. Workflows and procedures were developed to organize intradepartmental surgical pathology consultations from the beginning to the end point of the consultative activities entirely using a paperless system that resided in the LIS ... (Full article...)

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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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January 11, 2023:

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First, happy 2023 to you all! With a new year comes a new guide for LIMSwiki, keying in on some of that food and beverage content described in December 2022. Just released is the LIMS Selection Guide for Food Safety and Quality. Similar in vein to the Laboratory Informatics Buyer's Guide for Medical Diagnostics and Research released this time last year, this new guide recognizes the important role the food and beverage laboratory plays in our society towards food and beverage safety and quality, as well as the increasing need for systems like the laboratory information management system (LIMS) to enhance the lab's safety and quality efforts. The guide examines what these labs do, what standards and regulations affect them, and the traits the lab's LIMS should have to best improve the lab's activities. It also provides helpful information about food and beverage LIMS acquisition, including a LIMS requirements specification and information on how to best put it to use. Hope you find it useful.

Shawn Douglas (talk) 16:45, 11 January 2023 (UTC)


December 05, 2022:

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The fall of 2022 has seen new LIMSwiki content in the form of both more LIMS FAQ articles (mentioned in late June news) and revisions to LIMSpec, all with a focus on the food and beverage industry. A series of four LIMS FAQ articles concerning various aspects of food and beverage laboratories have been released, again each article focusing on one primary question related to the industry. In a corresponding move, nearly 30 food and beverage standards and regulations have been integrated into LIMSpec, now updated to revision two (R2) for 2022. With these updates, those in the industry will hopefully feel at least a tiny bit more represented on the wiki. Happy reading!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:06, 5 December 2022 (UTC)