IT and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

What is LIMS? LIMS are vital in pathology services to effectively manage requests, samples and reports.

IT infrastructure, hardware (to replace the nearly 30% of LIMS systems that are virtually obsolete), connectivity to link systems, and, for histopathology and haematology, digital imaging will be key to making services more stable and efficient. There have been some good examples of single LIMS roll outs in Wales that have made patients’ test results more accessible, and able to be reported across the country. Similarly, some regions have good systems that link many hospitals and indeed some acute and primary care systems. These models need to be widely adopted.

Our work in this area

We are pushing hard with NHS Improvement, NHS England, providers and government to invest in this key area. We have had the chance to reinforce this at several fora, and Cancer Research UK are helping us also, since they recognise this as a key need for cancer patients.

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