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"Development and national scale implementation of an open-source electronic laboratory information system (OpenELIS) in Côte d’Ivoire: Sustainability lessons from the first 13 years"

Côte d'Ivoire has a tiered public health laboratory system of nine reference laboratories, 77 laboratories at regional and general hospitals, and 100 laboratories among 1,486 district health centers. Prior to 2009, nearly all of these laboratories used paper registers and reports to collect and report laboratory data to clinicians and national disease monitoring programs. Since 2009 the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Côte d'Ivoire has sought to implement a comprehensive set of activities aimed at strengthening the laboratory system. One of these activities is the sustainable development, expansion, and technical support of an open-source electronic laboratory information system (LIS) called OpenELIS, with the long-term goal of Ivorian technical support and managerial sustainment of the system ... (Full article...)
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July 26, 2023:

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Do you feel your lab needs laboratory informatics software but you're not sure how to justify it to management? Then this new guide from Joe Liscouski and Shawn Douglas may be just what you need. Justification for a laboratory information management system (LIMS) or some other lab management solution isn't always straightforward with upper management and critical stakeholders; the process will need to be succinct and relevant, based on organizational goals, economic concerns, and practical realities. This guide will help you—whether you are a lab manager, lab technician, or someone else in the organization with a stake in seeing laboratory operations improve—understand what a LIMS is, what the alternatives are, what and why acquiring one looks like, and what needs to be considered in putting together a competent and persuasive LIMS project proposal. This guide also includes a handy Microsoft Excel workbook that will help act as a "cheat sheet" for persuading stakeholders to better buy into your vision of LIMS acquisition and deployment within your organization. Enjoy! Shawn Douglas (talk) 16:32, 26 July 2023 (UTC)


June 14, 2023:

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This is a quick heads-up that we released another guide last month, this time in regards to manufacturing-related laboratories. The first edition of the LIMS Selection Guide for Manufacturing Quality Control is now live and takes a closer look at this lab type, what roles it plays in society in regards to safety and quality, the efforts it must go to remain standardized and compliant, and the benefits in doing so. It also examines the unique laboratory informatics system requirements for these labs, turning to LIMSpec for clues as to what those systems need to do to help such labs better comply to the standard. Additional resources and request for information guidance is also provided. This one was a bit difficult to put together, as it was difficult to make broad generalizations given the differences among food and beverage, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and other manufacturing-related industries. However, we hope you find enough useful information in this guide despite the broadness of scope. Shawn Douglas (talk) 22:44, 14 June 2023 (UTC)