CloudLIMS: An Affordable Game-Changer for Laboratories

Arun Apte, CEO
Over the past decade, many research centers and large-scale consumer laboratories have begun tapping into the true potential of computing. Until recently, Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) were confined to on-premise legacy systems. However, trends in the LIMS market have shown a remarkable inclination towards cloud technology. Standalone systems, being prohibitively expensive, are rapidly being replaced by Software as a Service (SaaS) systems. CloudLIMS—a product true to its name—was conceived to address the complexity of having to invest, manage, and maintain the necessary infrastructure for automated LIMS in small-to-mid sized laboratories. CloudLIMS’s most striking feature is its pay-as-you-go-model which enables laboratories to implement software in no time and scale it as per their requirements. “CloudLIMS helps small organizations reap the benefits of SaaS, eliminating the need for a dedicated IT infrastructure and manpower,” points out Arun Apte, CEO, CloudLIMS.

The Wilmington, DE based solution provider offers automated sample management, sample tracking and digital inventory management software that is hosted on the cloud. “The cloud ensures data integrity as we isolate instances for each user. The product saves laboratory samples and specimens, at the same time facilitates compliance with the necessary government regulations,” explains Apte. By helping labs adhere to federal regulations, CloudLIMS ensures that all the clinical and health information of an individual is safeguarded, which is a common concern in the healthcare industry.

Apte states that BioTracer, CloudLIMS's flagship product, is a sample management software application that allows complete tracking of samples, with modules for managing test results, lab inventory, requests from clients and package shipments. The software is embedded with added features to meet the mounting demands of data explosion in the industry. “BioTracer is both extensible and scalable, adjusting to the ever-changing demands of business in today's highly competitive environment,” adds Apte. Enabling real-time collaboration, CloudLIMS permits data sharing, anytime, anywhere. With BioTracer, scientists and researchers can now publicly post and update the status of all available samples, allowing even remotely located researchers to access their data.

The cloud ensures data integrity and security for each user, facilitating compliance with federal regulations

Owing to the ubiquitous structure of the cloud framework, CloudLIMS has a clientele spread across the globe. One such client is the University of California, Davis, a group of six labs conducting research in diverse areas, such as mass spectrometry, glycomics, microbial ecology, cell biology and analytical chemistry involving specimens from humans and animals. They were on the lookout for a system that, in addition to managing and tracking samples, would also connect the labs without compromising on data security. Additionally, they needed access permissions to on-going studies based on the role of each lab. They wanted to record the chain of custody while transferring samples across labs. The demonstration of BioTracer’s capabilities convinced them to choose CloudLIMS as a service provider. The product was configured according to each laboratory's workflow, avoiding costly customization. The labs did put forward a few major requirements such as lab-based access and study-based access permissions. The CloudLIMS team took up the challenge of putting these together, to offer a seamless product. Using BioTracer, members of all the six labs can login and register their own samples in a highly secure and reliable environment. All the records are centrally managed; however the access restrictions are laboratory specific. “With improved data consistency, the software has been of great assistance in tracking and identifying samples” states Apte.

At CloudLIMS, the growth plan is two-dimensional—continuous expansion of product compatibility and customization across many domains; and honing its in-depth knowledge of industry in delivering high-end laboratory software products. “Foraying further in the laboratory information management arena, we are in the developmental phase of an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) that facilitates real-time tracking of experiments,” assures Apte.

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CloudLIMS' Preconfigured, Out-of-the-Box Oil & Gas LIMS Offers Comprehensive Support for ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Compliance and QA/QC Processes

Arun Apte, CEO

Wilmington, Delaware - CloudLIMS, a leading provider of laboratory informatics, announces an out-of-the-box Oil and Gas LIMS purpose-built for the petrochemical and refining industries. CloudLIMS is preconfigured to support custom workflows of in-house and third-party contract laboratories involved in sample testing in upstream, midstream, and downstream phases of oil and gas production.

CloudLIMS, an in the cloud Petrochemical LIMS, is preconfigured to support laboratory-developed and standard analytical methods, such as ASTM and GPA, enabling oil and gas laboratories to seamlessly mirror their laboratory workflows, saving time-consuming and costly customization. CloudLIMS is preloaded with reporting templates, enabling oil and gas testing labs to quickly go-live, enhancing operational efficiency, and increasing testing throughput. CloudLIMS offers configuration of unlimited custom CoAs to facilitate quick onboarding, enabling laboratories to meet the diverse reporting requirements.

Key Benefits of CloudLIMS' Oil and Gas LIMS Include:

• Meet regulatory requirements and standards such as ISO/IEC 17025:2017, 21 CFR Part 11, EPA, GxP, and state regulations, such as California's air quality control standards.

• Streamline and manage Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) processes and QC results.

• Ensure 100% traceability of raw materials, in-process, and final product samples in each phase of oil and gas production.

• Visualize test results using statistical process control (SPC) charts and trend analysis graphs.

• Maintain a read-only audit trail to track deviations and laboratory activities.

CloudLIMS offers complimentary unlimited instrument and software integration. CloudLIMS REST API is preconfigured to seamlessly integrate with analytical instruments used for oil and gas testing to automatically capture data, thereby facilitating interoperability, eliminating transcription errors, and minimizing turnaround time. CloudLIMS supports integration with various physical and chemical analyzers, such as GC-MS, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometers (ICP-AES), distillation equipment, trace metals analyzers, viscometers. Furthermore, the Rest API supports integration with third-party software such as ERP, Process Information Management System (PIMS), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and third-party billing software.

CloudLIMS self-serve configurable client portal enables third-party petrochemical laboratories to deliver Certificates of Analysis (CoAs) to their customers in real-time, reducing turnaround time and time spent on customer service. The secure client portal enhances customers experience by enabling them to place test requests and track test status in real-time.

"The exponential increase in global energy demand in the past few decades has accelerated the growth of the oil and gas industry, and in turn, sample testing in all phases of the production. Our team has preconfigured CloudLIMS to cater to the data management, process automation, and regulatory requirements of oil and gas testing laboratories," said Arun Apte, Chief Executive Officer at CloudLIMS. "CloudLIMS can be rapidly deployed for continuous process monitoring, quality assurance, and traceability in oil and gas testing laboratories. CloudLIMS transforms data into knowledge through SPC charts and trend analysis graphs, enabling laboratory managers to make informed decisions. We aim to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the petrochemical laboratories while reducing operational costs and risks," he continued.

CloudLIMS Adds a HIPAA-Compliant Patient Portal to its COVID-19 LIMS for Diagnostic Labs to Offer a Seamless Experience to Testees

Wilmington, Delaware - CloudLIMS, a leading provider of laboratory informatics, announces the release of a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based, secure patient portal to enable clinical and COVID-19 diagnostic laboratories to offer direct-to-patient services for seamless communication. The patient portal is included in the latest release of CloudLIMS, a full-feature, out-of-the-box, COVID-19 LIMS.

This functionality enables testees to self-register on a secure cloud-based portal prior to sample collection, allows efficient check-ins, tracks the status of their test requests, and enables them to download test reports as soon as they are released by the diagnostic laboratory. Furthermore, the patient portal enhances the participation of testees in their healthcare, allows them to download, print, and share their reports, and enables laboratories to offer exceptional customer service.

"We developed a patient portal to enable clinical and COVID-19 diagnostic laboratories to offer a seamless experience to the testee. The portal enables testees to pre-register to avoid delays in sample collection and waiting time, provides tracking of testing status, and offers instant access to their test reports securely," said Arun Apte, Chief Executive Officer at CloudLIMS. "We aim to bridge the communication between testees and diagnostic laboratories, enhance the experience of testees and enable laboratories to offer direct-to-patient services," he continued.


Wilmington, DE

Arun Apte, CEO

Provides cloud-based advanced sample management software to small and mid sized organizations

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