Laboratory Informatics Strategy

A Laboratory Informatics Strategy is a comprehensive roadmap that defines how laboratory systems and data are leveraged to drive your business. If your company has an enterprise informatics strategy, it should support that strategy. If not, your laboratory informatics strategy should at minimum be aligned with the company’s overall corporate strategy. The strategy should map the following six informatics process groups against each of the focus areas of your business:

  • Acquire – Collection and storage of data from various sources such as instruments, manual data entry, and system generated data, focusing on the right acquisition method for each source
  • Manage – Data updates and data consistency, data security, change control and audit, data integrity, data quality
  • Integrate – Migration of data, harmonization of information from multiple data sources, typically through a data warehouse
  • Analyze – Making sense of information through statistical analysis, data mining, and other analytical techniques
  • Present – Business intelligence, dashboards, reports, focusing on a purpose-driven, role-based knowledge delivery
  • Dispose – Disaster recovery, backup/retrieval, archiving and destruction of data (according to data retention policies)

When the guiding principles defined for each process are applied to each business area, you then have a framework for making purchasing, implementation and other decisions for your laboratory and your business. Once in place, the framework acts as a guidepost for process improvement within each focus area of your business, based on presenting the right information required to make the right business decisions at the right time.

Expert Guidance to an Actionable Laboratory Informatics Strategy

Our seasoned informatics experts will guide you each step of the way in developing your laboratory informatics strategy. We begin by thoroughly documenting your laboratory informatics environment and your business objectives. Next we evaluate the targeted business areas using the six informatics process groups listed above and develop a vision and strategy that encompass each and is consistent with your corporate strategy. Finally, we work with you to develop a comprehensive action plan to help you to realize the strategy.

The strategy development process we will go through together is composed of four stages:

Investigation

  • Review enterprise informatics strategy and current laboratory informatics strategy. Identify business focus areas to be targeted by the laboratory informatics strategy
  • Document information requirements and existing key performance indicators (KPIs) for each focus area
  • Document current laboratory informatics system architecture and dataflow, including frustrations and pain points within current information landscape

Assessment

  • Compose laboratory informatics vision – a good strategy follows from a strong vision
  • Evaluate information requirements and existing KPIs based on the vision created
  • Evaluate current informatics systems architecture and dataflow

Construction

  • Develop strategy statements for each business focus area, addressing each of the six informatics process groups and the identified pain points
  • Assemble consistent and complete laboratory informatics strategy

Evaluation

  • Review completed laboratory informatics strategy
  • Discuss gaps to be addressed and recommendations
  • Determine next steps to realize the strategy

Just as a good strategy is based on a strong vision, a good strategy drives process. As such, laboratory workflow redesign is a frequent next step in realizing the new laboratory informatics strategy. Gaps may also be identified in the laboratory’s systems portfolio, as well as integration of the systems within the portfolio to aggregate the information required to facilitate making critical business decisions and supporting your businesses informational requirements. LABVANTAGE is well equipped to help you address those gaps and support the success of your business.

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