Paperless Laboratory is a shift from traditional methods of creating, transcribing and reporting data by using the latest technologies. A key point is the importance of not just the data but its context. However, to correctly integrate data, systems automation, requires users to understand how this data is created.
In addition they also need to know what this data means to an organisation, something that is often overlooked. Ultimately, this process helps an organisation turn the laboratory from a cost centre into a value centre.
Laboratory data is not simple. The goal is to make that data useful. We need to leverage the value of that data. The changes arising due to new capabilities for real time access to data. Additionally ‘Internet of Things’-enabled devices helps too, as well as better predictive technologies across an ever expanding and increasingly complex sets of data. Changes will require a shift in thinking and an IT-business realignment.