CliniSys has launched a new laboratory information management system (LIMS) for genomic laboratories in the UK. The company has brought GLIMS Genomics to the UK from Europe, where it is being successfully deployed at Poitiers University Hospital in France and will be introduced into seven additional laboratories in coming months.
GLIMS Genomics has been designed to support the effective management of genomic laboratories and the UK launch is particularly timely as the NHS is now delivering a national Genomic Medicine Service for England through seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs.
These aim to deliver a comprehensive, standardised testing service for English hospitals, as genomic testing starts to become a routine part of clinical practice.
Emma Huntridge at CliniSys, said: “Genomic medicine is no longer the preserve of a few, small, research groups. It is on the cusp of being an established diagnostic tool for some cohorts of patients. To support this development, genomic laboratories need to change; and the technology they use will need to change with them.
“They need to move away from the labour-intensive, disjointed spreadsheet or paper-based management of samples, to a more automated, streamlined approach so they can increase their sample throughput, adopt standardised workflows, and seamlessly deliver results to clinicians via integration with the electronic patient record. We believe now is the time for them to benefit from all the advantages that a bespoke modern LIMS can provide, and GLIMS Genomics will enable them to do that through its fully customisable features, workflows and interfaces.”