Labs can take advantage of a variety of different levels of data capture. Each level offers a certain amount of security, error mitigation, and time savings not afforded by a primarily handwritten, paper-based system. Whether you choose to add a printer, connect to a PC, or provide full integration with a workflow and data management system such as LabX™, capturing data at the point of origin is the foundation of any effort to enhance the efficient use of data.
In the guide "Efficient Lab Data Management" we look at manual transcription as well as potential solutions for improving the accuracy and ease of data transfer and management, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each. The guide starts with manual data management, which is still the standard in many labs. A large number of instruments, however, already offer various options or accessories to increase productivity for data management that are also evaluated in this guide. As software solutions advance, there is a clear market trend towards fully automated data management solutions.
One basic way to eliminate a certain amount of transcription error risk is to simply add print-out capabilities to your analytical instruments. This is a simple way to document and store data.
To eliminate manual steps and related transcription errors, lab equipment can be connected to a computer, allowing direct, unidirectional collection of data.
Instrument control software such as LabX offers more than data capture. Users are fully guided through the complete workflow according to the SOP, data including metadata is stored centrally and all steps are fully tracked. This way the accuracy of results is highly improved and traceability is assured back to the data's origin.
Incorporating real examples, we compare activities performed during different levels of data capture and the time taken to perform each one.
Find out how much time you can save by moving from a purely manual process to electronic processes in the laboratory data management guide!
Laboratory Data Management Guide