Dr Lal PathLabs, India’s diagnostics leader, has selected STARLIMS, an Abbott company, as the provider of its new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). STARLIMS will be implemented for use in its entire network consisting of the National Reference Lab (NRL) in New Delhi, approximately 100 satellite labs and 1,000 collection centers all over India. The main solution will be installed at its hub at the National Reference Laboratory at Rohini, Delhi.
Dr Lal PathLabs tests in the region of 21,000 patients daily at NRL which is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, laboratory professionals, spread over 85,000 sq. ft., providing some of the fastest turn-around-times (TAT) in the industry. Dr Lal PathLabs performs over 30 million tests annually and STARLIMS will be used to manage the entire testing life cycle – from sample login to reporting.
“Knowing that our legacy system was being phased out, we searched for a new information management solution that would guarantee the reliability and quality of each test we perform, in every lab discipline. STARLIMS can do all that, while also enhancing our communications with our laboratories and sample collection sites across the country,” said the Chairman and Managing Director, (Hony) Brig. Dr. Arvind Lal.
As the largest diagnostic testing provider in India, Dr Lal PathLabs has a comprehensive range of over 2,100 tests and panels including hundreds of tests in areas ranging from hematology to molecular diagnostics. STARLIMS was selected in part for its diverse functionality for disciplines such as chemistry, cytogenetics and genetics. Another important factor was STARLIMS’ flexible platform, which will enable Dr Lal PathLabs to easily configure the LIMS to match each one of its hundreds of protocols.
STARLIMS is a web-based LIMS that offers convenient company-wide deployment with no need for client-side downloads. This will facilitate a smooth transition as Dr Lal PathLabs deploys STARLIMS to replace the Centricity Ultra Laboratory Information System (LIS) that is being discontinued by GE Healthcare. It also means that information will be instantly available throughout Dr Lal PathLabs’s wide-ranging network, which includes sample collection in health centers, hospitals, Labs and Collection Centers throughout India.