Laboratory informatics

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Laboratory informatics is the specialized application of information technology aimed at optimizing laboratory operations. It encompasses electronic lab notebooks, sample management, data acquisition, data processing, reporting and scientific data management. A closely related - some consider subsuming - field is Laboratory automation.



  • Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening (SLAS)
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
  • Institute for Laboratory Automation
  • Laboratory Informatics Institute


  • Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation (JALA)
  • American Laboratory

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Further reading[edit]

  • Nakagawa, Allen S. LIMS implementation and management. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, 1994
  • Liscouski, Joe Laboratory and Scientific Computing a Strategic Approach. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1995
  • Gibbon, Gerst A Brief History of LIMS. Laboratory Automation and Information Management 1996, 32(1), 1-5
  • Myers, J. D.; Fox-Dobbs, C.; Laird, J.; Le, Dai; Reich, D.; Curtz, T. Electronic laboratory notebooks for collaborative research. In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WET ICE'96) (WET-ICE '96) IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, USA, 1996, 47-.
  • Paszko, Christine; Pugsley, Carol Considerations in selecting a laboratory information management system (LIMS). American Laboratory, 2000, 32(18), 38-42
  • Paszko, Christine; Turner, Elizabeth; Hinton, Mary D. Laboratory Information Management Systems Revised & Expanded. CRC Press, 2001
  • Tracy, Douglas S.; Nash, Robert A. A Validation Approach for Laboratory Information Management Systems. Journal of Validation Technology, 2002, 9(1), 6-14
  • Perry, Douglas Laboratory Informatics: Origin, Scope, and its Place in Higher Education. Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation, 2004, 9(6), 421 - 428
  • Sterling, James D. Laboratory Automation Education. Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation, 2004, 9(5), A11-A12
  • Sterling, James D. Laboratory automation curriculum at Keck Graduate Institute. Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation, 2004, 9(5), 331-335
  • Taylor, Keith The status of electronic laboratory notebooks for chemistry and biology. Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development, 2006, 9(3): 348-353
  • Wood, Simon Comprehensive Laboratory Informatics: A Multilayer Approach. American Laboratory, 2007, 39(16), 20-23
  • Metrick, Gloria Three Issues of LIMS/Laboratory Informatics That Can Cost Money. American Laboratory, 2007, 39(21), 10-11
  • Calva, Diana; Lehman, Mario An analysis of the possible applications of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to a Clinical Laboratory Information Management System. International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security, 2008, 8(12), 82-86
  • Shah, Kim Elevating laboratory informatics to assist decision-making. Pharmaceutical Technology Europe, 2009, 21(5)