Digital transformation is a term that is hard to define concisely, but for organizations in multiple industries will at least point to the adoption of a data management infrastructure that allows their laboratories to work faster and more productively, with greater transparency. More than just working towards a paperless lab, digital transformation may allow companies to derive more intelligence from their data, ultimately improve product and process safety, and enable faster regulatory audit or approval timelines. At the level of data that labs generate and interact with, smart digital solutions should help to safeguard data integrity, and make data more accessible, contextual, and usable over the long term.
Abbott Informatics has developed its STARLIMS informatics platform as a mission critical laboratory information management solution (LIMS) application that supports this digital transformation from the ground up, while addressing the issues of “technical debt.” As laboratory instruments, platforms and software are updated and replaced, out-dated systems are retired from use, but many will still need to be maintained at significant cost in order to access data held in proprietary formats. It’s a fact of laboratory life that has existed within the LIMS industry for 30 years, suggests Mark Spencer, vice president and general manager at Abbott Informatics.
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