The other day, I wrote a post about how the laboratory informatics community in the Cleveland area is much more heavily focused on healthcare systems than on the types of laboratory informatics products that I work with or usually talk about for product testing:
I decided to begin a discussion topic in one of the local IT discussion boards to find out what types of products are most heavily used around here. I was wondering what brands are popular or whether there are primarily homegrown systems. This discussion has already backfired on me. Additionally, I said I’d come back to this blog to report back to those of you reading it what the outcome of that discussion was.
As I’ve mentioned, before, the major LabWare systems around here are at Ben Venue labs and Goodyear. The very first response I received was one to tell me that Ben Venue labs has a LabWare LIMS. Later on, another post came through to tell me that Goodyear and Bridgestone are around here and have R&D labs (I don’t happen to know anything about whether Bridgestone has a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) or ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook), by the way). Not only did the discussion mainly come back to the LabWare LIMS in the area but told me about the very systems we all know about so it didn’t give me any better picture about what people are doing around here than I knew before.
On the other hand, there were two more responses that were interesting. One post came from a local company using the Genologics software (http://genologics.com/), and genomics is an area that is still relatively new to LIMS. Another post mentioned the product Soft (http://www.softcomputer.com/). I was excited to take a look at this because it’s a world I’ve not been in. Looking at the variety of products that seem more hospital-based, it was a view into something entirely new to me. I enjoyed looking through products for areas such as Radiology and Pharmacy just to see what needs they address.
I posed this discussion question for a couple reasons. First of all, I’m always curious about who reigns in a particular market, whether it’s a type of market or a geographic segment. Second of all, I think it’s interesting to find out about something new every once in a while. I believe that seeing other products helps give me a perspective on how our own implementations could be improved or into understanding needs. The bottom line on this is that I think if we stay too insulated within our own industry that we get stale.
But I was kidding with this headline – just because I received about half the responses with LabWare LIMS, from my networking efforts, I know that’s not the major product around here.