In a laboratory, information is everything. Its proper extraction and gathering are what the laboratory is built for. That is why keeping the research data safe, organized and accessible is very important to have, and all those could be achieved by using a proper information management system.
Unfortunately, lab findings are sometimes still documented in paper and filed in cabinets. Though those types of systems still work for some, finding and organizing the data is sometimes not an easy task. However, thanks to developers, there are now digital information management systems to make data more manageable and safe.
Choosing to use a lab information management software reaps several benefits. Besides the information being digitized makes it safer and systemized, LABWORKS lists below other reasons laboratories should take advantage of going digital:
Make Better Conclusions
With information and findings all centralized in one system, connecting the dots in with all the pieces of data is easier and faster. Through a series of queries, the information can easily be viewed in one seating. Whereas the old system would require plenty of time leafing through stacks of papers and trips to the record room.
Understand Lab Processed Through Record History
Information management software keeps track of all the changes or revisions in the information. It facilitates in tracking on what was added, removed and how. By knowing such details, it helps in understanding the current lab processes and amend if needed.
Save Up More
Using a lab information management software would eventually lead to space reduction, lower cabinet expenditures, and a decrease in staffing recruitment expenses.
The amount of information that could be stored in a software server is equivalent to several reports stored in multiple file cabinets. Lessening the number of cabinets in a laboratory could provide more spacing for other critical equipment and staff. It would also mean less expenses in buying paper, paper clips, folders, and other essentials.
Having a record usually calls for the need to have a person to organize, retrieve and record files. This person needs to be trained, recruited and, of course, paid.
Furthermore, using lab information management software is ideal to keep up with the demand of the times where data needs to be accessible and instantaneous. Its lasting benefits make them worth the investment.