LabVantage Workflow Designer is a LabVantage LIMS version 8 module that allows users to divide a complex laboratory process into manageable units of work to drive automation throughout the system. The module consists of functionality that guides users through the execution of predefined operations called Tasks. Samples and other laboratory data flow through the workflow, providing intuitive and visual feedback on the state of the sample. The users can clearly see what stage of processing the sample is in, and be alerted if there are bottlenecks.
LabVantage LIMS workflows can help improve productivity and efficiency by guiding users through routine processes while ensuring that lab work is completed in a controlled, consistent manner. Further, because the use of workflows removes many of the human decisions from a repetitive procedure, workflow automation limits manual interactions and helps to reduce human error. This blog post describes situations in which LabVantage LIMS workflows could be beneficial to your lab.
Out-of-the-box (OOTB), LabVantage LIMS already has a built-in sample management mechanism where a slide, tube, or any other type of sample can be processed. Changes in the sample status and chain of custody occur as the user manually executes the LIMS procedure. The user must know what steps to do next and which menus to choose for samples, results, and transactions throughout the various stages of the process.
However, this kind of competency with LabVantage LIMS can require extensive system knowledge and time-consuming training. With the new functionality in LabVantage 8.3, workflows can be configured to automatically guide users through even the most complex procedures and protocols.
Workflows can reduce human error, increase efficiency, and improve quality. However, LabVantage does not allow processes, such as batching a group of samples within a specific method, to be controlled by the OOTB LIMS functionality and workflow functionality at the same time.
To get the most out of your Labvantage LIMS, be sure to train users about when, where, and how to access batch or sample information outside the context of a batch workflow.
One of the best ways to maximize your system’s value is to apply the workflow functionality to the areas and types of procedures with which it works best; workflows can even be added to a user’s dashboard for quick access. The scenarios listed below provide best practice examples.
To maximize productivity and value, make sure to apply LabVantage LIMS Workflows in the right scenarios. Otherwise, the time and cost required to implement a Workflow process can outweigh the benefits of its use.
Workflows in LabVantage LIMS are created and administered via the Workflows tramline on the System Admin site map. LabVantage 8.3 delivers example workflows including 80+ tasks, 30+ steps, and numerous connectors. These pre-configured parts make Workflows a powerful tool for enhancing productivity in any laboratory.
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