In less than four months, Labanswer has implemented a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant system to support Opgen’s newly launched clinical services laboratory. Opgen, a provider of rapid, accurate genomic and DNA analysis systems and services, has opened the CLIA-certified laboratory to focus on developing a best-in-class portfolio of genetic tests and analysis services for the surveillance and identification of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and human pathogens.
The two companies selected the Starlims Cloud Platform as deploying via a cloud platform provides many benefits including no upfront capital or hardware costs, secure infrastructure, data privacy controls, and flexibility needed to rapidly develop and deploy an application. As business demand for the clinical services increases, the cloud platform will also be able to continuously scale without hardware upgrade projects.
After the initial scope was defined, the teams at Labanswer and Opgen worked together to prioritise critical system and high value functions to be implemented in the laboratory information management system (LIMS), and relegated lesser value functions to an enhancement queue. In parallel, the Starlims Cloud Platform was setup to support the configuration, testing, and deployment phases of the project. Labanswer developed the system in an iterative prototyping model that kept the Opgen team constantly engaged in the evolution of the system.