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Cloud based Solution for Biobanking and Clinical Research


Biobanking involves stringent operations such as donor identification, specimen collection, sample storage and tracking whereas clinical research and testing labs operations involve multi-centric & cross purpose research studies, functioning through a multitude of workflows. These comprise of patient and sample data collection, tests, experimental analysis of test results and generation of reports. Managing massive amounts of sequential data generated from such tightly regulated workflows becomes laborious and time-consuming. Appropriate data storage and tracking solutions are therefore a pre-requisite for integrating the continuous in-flow of  multi-factorial and heterogeneous data in a standardized, cost-effective and secure manner. To achieve this, traditional methods of deploying  purpose-built software solutions and the IT support are prohibitively expensive for small/medium-sized biobanks and clinical research labs.

In  recent times, cloud technology has emerged as a viable alternative for lab automation. Cloud has the potential to transform the error-prone & labour-intensive traditional approaches of managing data such as spreadsheets and lab notebooks into an automated, efficient and easy to deploy solution. It  facilitates global accessibility, data centralization, collaboration and networking. Cloud enabled solutions are often adopted for their low total cost of acquisition and for outsourced IT functionality. High extensibility and scalability of its infrastructure helps meet the ever changing business needs, greatly improving operational efficiency.

To address the challenges faced by small/medium sized biobanks and clinical labs, CloudLIMS offers an affordable, cloud based, advanced sample management software product, BioTracer. Eliminating the need for any additional hardware or software installations, the pay-as-you-go model helps users to automate without investing much in IT infrastructure. BioTracer can be accessed from anywhere, at anytime. There are no installation or hardware requirements, just an internet ready device can access the product using a web browser. Backed by a flexible &  intuitive user interface, BioTracer easily  accomodates dynamic operational changes. This unique functionality helps users to significantly save on the need to develop expensive custom build features. BioTracer uses 256-bit AES encryption SSL (HTTPS) protocol, to provide secure data transmission between the client and server. BioTracer is a completely configurable SaaS application, offered in compliance with the GLP, HIPAA & FDA guidelines, including 21 CFR part 11 requirements for biorepositories, clinical research organizations and testing labs.
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