How to Choose the Right LIS for Your Lab

What Is the Right LIS for Your Lab?

 Over the years, LIS has continued to evolve and improve, encircle many aspects necessary for successful lab management. Today’s LIS offerings can integrate with various databases, applications, instruments, and systems, and they offer features that often can manage multiple facets of your lab’s operations.

Any laboratory will experience a more efficient lab management process after implementing a LIS. If you’ve recognized the potential benefits you will reap after adopting a LIS, may you be ready to take the next step. But, with the various options in the market today, how will you choose the LIS that is right for your lab?

Consider your current practice

how you perform your current lab processes? When you highlight your workflow, where are the breakdowns occurring? It is to brainstorm user requirement specifications. Before you begin to pros and cons of specific LIS offerings, take the time to write down what you are looking for to support lab management in your unique environment. By thinking about your current practices and some of the wish list items you have now. Have a better idea of whether the various LIS you’re evaluating is checking your boxes.

Consider your industry and lab

Your industry is a factor when choosing the LIS for your lab. There are many varieties of LIS on the market today, some of which have been designed to support industries, such as life science research, med device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, environment, and industrial/QC testing organizations. If you choose a LIS designed for your industry, it is more likely to have the features and support you’re looking for to boost the efficiency of your lab.

In addition to your lab’s industry, also consider the type of lab you are running. Some LIS will cater to various types of labs within an industry. In these cases, you must find functionalities that will help you meet specific lab management needs.

Consider the costs

Once you’ve identified what you need to see in your potential LIS, be sure to confer with the appropriate departments to determine what your company can spend. While it’s hard to put a price tag on more efficient lab management, you must be sure that you’re making the best financial decisions for your company.

There are some general-purpose LIS available today. If your lab has a strong IT department, you may be able to utilize a general-purpose LIS and make in-house changes to configuration and customizations as needed. However, if you don’t have the depth to handle the workload in-house, consider a LIS that has good functionality out of the box, with the ability to customize down the road.

Consider the big picture

You think about the day-in, day-out processes and procedures you’re currently executing. That’s an important step, but you must also think about your lab’s future. You would not select a product that works with who you are today but will hold you back from future growth. If you think down the road of your lab’s future, will the LIS you are considering still accomplish why you need them? Will it be integrated with your systems? Will you outgrow it?

This is where it can be helpful to invest in a LIS that offers not only solid, out-of-the-box functionality, but also the ability to customize and add to your package later. It also pays to partner with a vendor that provides strong sales support to help you implement your new LIS and discuss any future additions when the time comes. LIS365 is a fully customizable, 100% cloud-based system. Our product allows you to purchase the functionality you need now, with the option to add modules later. If you are considering purchasing LIS365 please click on the contact us link at the top of this page.