Upgrading healthcare to cloud
As the world is moving towards digitisation, the healthcare IT infrastructure must adapt to the changing technological needs, says Amit Chopra
The pandemic has highlighted the need for transparency and integration of data management for the healthcare ecosystem. As the world is moving towards digitisation, the healthcare IT infrastructure must adapt to the changing technological needs. The data sphere is growing exponentially and with rapid innovative technology comes a need to reprioritise and bridge the gaps to effectively manage the enormous volume of data to become more data centric.
The global Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS) market size, which was estimated at around USD 836.1 million, is expected to jump to USD 1413.4 million by 2026. As more lab-centric institutions divert their resources to become more data-intensive, the LIMS market is also expected to grow exponentially.
Organisations including research hospitals, drug manufacturers, laboratories and more, produce information concerning bios pecimens, experiments, protocols, samples, lab reports, etc. It has become tedious to keep the massive amounts of data amassed from these institutions organised and available. The sheer volume of data generated from these organisations is itself an obstacle for seamless information management.
How novel LIMS augments healthcare
An effective LIMS becomes the need of the hour to achieve seamless integration and management of the scores of information generated each day. LIMS helps to avoid duplication of efforts and serves as a single interface where researchers, scientists, lab personnel, etc. can contribute data with immediate effect which becomes productive in fulfilling the paramount goal of improving healthcare and making more informed decisions.
Capable of representing data with visual filtering and reporting real-time update in a secured and auditable manner, LIMS collects different processes, perspectives, and aspects that help refine the research endeavours for different medical purposes.
A flexible LIMS can address many challenges faced by researchers in their day to day operations. It can also facilitate more collaboration by creating a unified global research information network enabling positive change by managing and optimising laboratory operations.
Amit Chopra is Managing Director, India & Middle East with Thermo Fisher Scientific.