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Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) can enhance lab efficiency while reducing data transcription errors.

Commercial laboratories are ultimately in the information management business. A laboratory's ability to track samples, tests, and results, archive data, and then produce timely and accurate reports can make or break that lab's success. Reducing internal bottlenecks streamlines work and lowers costs while speeding processing times and turnaround. Computerized data collection and reporting systems built around a centralized database can provide these productivity benefits. These Laboratory Information Management Systems, or LIMS, exist in many sizes and configurations, offering solutions to a host of applications and industries. The result is an improvement of the lab's overall efficiency and competitiveness.

A good LIMS possesses considerable functionality. A typical system offers sample login capabilities and often creates batches and work lists, grouping samples by tests or...

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