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US Public Health Department awards $1.2m contract for LIMS

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The US Public Health Department has selected Starlims for a $1.2m project that will use web-based LIMS to enhance responsiveness to emerging threats.

The contract includes licenses for the company's software, first year maintenance and professional services. With this new implementation, 20 out of the 50 states in the US will use Starlims' public health laboratory information management solutions.

Starlims will be used to manage information relating to clinical and environmental testing across the state, replacing existing commercial and custom systems and ensuring adherence to workflows and standard operating procedures. Developed over years of close collaboration with the US Public Health Information Network (PHIN) community, Starlims provides the infrastructure for timely sharing of laboratory information among state and federal public health agencies - which is crucial for effective response to emerging public health threats, including outbreaks of infectious disease. Starlims also documents all phases of laboratory testing, and provides a complete and accurate audit trail of all testing and reporting activities, aiding compliance with standards defined by agencies such as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

As a result of the entirely web-based architecture, data will be easily accessible via a standard web browser, from any of the state's three public health laboratory facilities. Both departmental staff and authorised outside stakeholders - staff at hospitals, health departments, and clinics - will be able to access information using a standard web browser. Starlims will facilitate electronic data transfer throughout the state-wide department of public health, and to other systems operated by the CDC, US EPA and other federal agencies.