The Data Struggle in the Lab

How a Platform-based Unified Lab Informatics Approach Can Help

Most modern lab equipment can be connected to a computer to supply data sets and results. But because these instruments typically originate from different manufacturers, they often convey information in unique or proprietary data formats. Even if an organization works with equipment from a single vendor, data formats can vary as the provider advances its product offerings over years. Scientists must be able to utilize all relevant lab data from all sources.The goal for lab organizations should be to get to a point where all systems are integrated—an Internet of Laboratory Things. Through integration, non-value-adding tasks are reduced or removed so scientists can focus on accomplishing tasks that reflect their expertise.