What Do Labs Want? Modernization! When Do They Want It?

Modernization! What? Have you never seen that meme before? If you have, classic, right? If not, just look up “Internet Explorer browser meme.” For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a dig at the late browser’s infamously slow load times compared to other browsers, a characteristic that scientific labs, regrettably, share with the embattled Explorer in regards to joining the digital revolution. While other industries or even areas within their own businesses have embraced this change, labs have been slower to adapt due to certain issues stemming from their innate environment (and not some shoddy coding). In today’s blog, we’ll be going more in depth on the problems surrounding scientific labs slow digital adoption and what the solution is to accelerate it.

Many labs have a complex ecosystem of instruments, applications, and services, one that is as complex as the problems the lab is dedicated to solving. Soon enough, the lab looks like a Frankenstein’s monster of different devices and software suites from just as many different vendors. In many cases, some of these vendors don’t like sharing data with computers that don’t have the same ones and zeroes. These so-called “walled gardens” and other factors like age gaps between devices can make data exchange difficult and cumbersome, resulting in pitfalls like data being incomplete or even manually transcribed by scientists instead of automated. In fact, it’s believed that 50% of lab time is spent on data management. 50%! Just think of all the problems you could have solved by now if that effort was spent doing actual lab work.

You may be wondering how to address this, or if a way even exists. What could possibly free data from this tangled web of walled gardens and multi-generational assets? Even though the problem may seem overwhelming, the solution is surprisingly simple: a Scientific Integration Platform, SIP. What’s that, you ask? An SIP is an Integrated Platform as a Service (iPaaS) that provides users with a digital backbone allowing them to connect just about all lab devices and applications – regardless of age or manufacturer – to each other, allowing for automated workflows that can even be integrated with other business applications. Furthermore, an SIP has an open architecture that allows your existing personnel to create their own applications to meet their specific needs, almost like an open-source system. No programmers or coders are required. Plus, data integrity is much greater with an SIP because data exchanges are automated, which eliminates the problems of the status quo, like human error from manual transcription.

Now that you know what an SIP is, you probably see the benefits and want one for your lab. Well, there’s good news and greater news. The good part is that Scitara has your SIP needs covered with our Digital Lab Exchange (DLX). The greater bit is that you do not have to do anything dramatic to get it. DLX utilizes a unique and intuitive engine that allows for quick and easy implementation, so you can have seamless data mobility throughout your enterprise by automating procedures, no matter their complexities. These systems can also be set up so they comply with any regulations or standards that must be met. Should anything go awry, you’ll know, because the data can be monitored and changed (if needed) while in flight. When it comes to the code and contraptions that comprise your lab, DLX’s plug-and-play connector technology can have any device – regardless of things like vendor or even if it’s PC-based or not – connect to your own digital ecosystem. But wait … there’s more! Well, more you can discover that won’t be covered here, because that would actually be a bit overkill for a blog post.

Let’s take that self-cue and wrap things up. Complexity is the nature of the scientific lab, one that just so happens to prevent it from being as productive as possible. Yet with SIPs – and DLX in particular – all those pitfalls disappear. DLX creates a flexible ecosystem for your lab, allowing unprecedented data automation and monitoring and every aspect of your lab to work in a unified way once thought impossible. Internet Explorer is dead and gone, so why not let that disconnected lab of yesteryear follow suit?

To get a more in-depth rundown of SIP and DLX, check out our recent white paper on the subject here. Download our new SIP White paper.

About Scitara
Scitara is a global provider of cloud-based, industry-specific platform and solutions for the life sciences industry. Based in Massachusetts, the Scitara leadership brings decades of experience in solving digital challenges for the scientific laboratory: Meet the Modern Lab™. For more information, please visit www.scitara.com.

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