SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1991

Early Warning Report: Automated Checking of QC Data


Sample log-in, work list generation, data entry, and report production are data-handling functions common to most Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS's). A newly developed automated review system now extends those functions to include the use of a LIMS for reviewing and evaluating quality control (QC) results. This paper delineates the four major stages involved in creating this automated review system: concept, preliminary design, programming, and testing. Although computer programming is typically system-dependent, the logic employed in QC review should have broad application to many LIMS's.

The paper also describes the daily operation of this new LIMS function on-line in three networked commercial laboratories with over 140 employees. This account of the review system's pitfalls, successes, and maintenance requirements can help other LIMS users achieve a smooth, reliable installation.

Author Information

Peak, SR
B C Analytical, Glendale, CA
Duerksen, PE
B C Analytical, Glendale, CA
Wong, KW
B C Analytical, Glendale, CA
Szeto, E
B C Analytical, Glendale, CA
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 362–376
DOI: 10.1520/STP25491S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5159-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1294-0