According to an LIMS analysis report, the first lab information system software (LISS) came into being in 1982. Since then, lab information systems have come a long way in terms of functionality and efficiency.
Like any other development project, the installation of LISS poses various challenges. Below are some of the common problems and how you can deal with them to streamline installation.
Staff training is important to streamline installation of any LISS, LabWorks.com says. The training should be progressive, and should begin with the easier aspects of the system gradually progressing to the more complex functions. Otherwise, fear of being unable to use the information system effectively may cripple personnel and cause resistance.
Utilizing LISS may take some time. Tight schedules pile up the pressure and result in unhealthy competition between workers, concerning who can use the system better. Since the installation of a lab information system affects all facets of a lab, the process should be done at a moderate pace to ensure all lab sections are on the same page.
In truth, installation or upgrade of a LISS can be expensive. As such, some labs decide to cut corners by reducing design time, installation time, and the like. This ends up reducing efficiency and increasing long-term costs. Phasing the installation process is necessary to optimize installation and reduce friction.
An efficient feedback mechanism should be put in place. It fast-tracks solution of any problems the personnel may encounter during installation. Moreover, it gives all involved a sense of collective responsibility and reduces the lag between initial installation and optimum utilization.
A lab may face more challenges during installation than those listed above. An open-minded and accommodative mindset should be adopted.