Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a new laboratory information management system (LIMS) for clinical laboratories, serving the emerging fields of translational and personalised medicine. Thermo Scientific Clinical LIMS is designed to improve the management of laboratory workflow in the clinical lab while promoting better communication between physicians and the lab.
By bringing together the sample-centric core functionality of a LIMS with the patient-centric compliant functionality of a traditional LIS (laboratory information system), Clinical LIMS supports streamlined and automated information flow, following the patient from point-of-care to molecular testing, results analysis, diagnosis, and treatment.
It provides healthcare professionals with easier access to test data originating in the clinical diagnostics testing laboratory. It facilitates compliance with all industry regulations related to patient privacy, such as the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and those related to clinical testing such as Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). It also supports the most widely used ANSI-accredited standard for interoperability of health information technology (Health Level 7 Messaging – HL7) and is designed to enable laboratories to operate in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
'Clinical LIMS fills a critical need in the field of personalised medicine which supports the rapid delivery of results from the lab directly to the patient's bedside,' said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager for Informatics at Thermo Fisher Scientific. 'This highly configurable system can be customised to accommodate a wide variety of laboratory workflow models.'