ELECTRONIC LABORATORY NOTEBOOKS
Starlims Electronic Notebook
2 March 2009
Starlims Technologies is adding electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) functionalities to its comprehensive offerings for laboratory informatics. Starlims Electronic Notebook will be launched at the upcoming Pittsburgh Conference (Pittcon 2009, McCormick Place, Chicago, March 9-13).
Starlims Electronic Notebook eliminates the need to maintain cumbersome and inefficient paper notebooks, enabling labs to record data in electronic format from the first moment it is created. Lost data and transcription errors are therefore minimised; data storage and retrieval are streamlined; and information is disseminated as soon as it is created. Starlims suggests that the solution is particularly valuable to labs working in regulated environments, under standard operating procedures (SOP). The notebook maps each of the steps defined in an SOP to an electronic worksheet, ensuring that all the required information is recorded, validated and carried out in strict compliance with the prescribed method. The result is a complete electronic record detailing each step in the analytical procedure, together with all the required supporting information (e.g. the materials, personnel, instruments and calculations employed in the process).
Starlims Electronic Notebook is part of an integrated solution that includes LIMS and SDMS. As an entirely web-based application, Starlims provides immediate access to data and supporting documentation, for any authorised user, enterprise-wide. There is no need to maintain multiple computing platforms, applications or costly interfaces, nor to train users on the configuration, synchronisation and usage of multiple systems. Depending on its specific priorities, each lab can select which components to implement first, and add functions as needed.