The California Department of Public Health's Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC) has implemented the Starlims v10 laboratory information management system (LIMS) in two of its labs.
The DCDC was presented with a Best of California 2011 Project Excellence Award in the 'Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs' category following the implementation.
The upgrade from Starlims v9 to v10 enhances DCDC's capacity to protect the public from threats such as infectious disease outbreaks, food poisoning and bioterrorism.
Starlims v10 is a fully web-based application and facilitates information sharing among laboratory staff and also between DCDC and other public health agencies, while simultaneously controlling the total cost of ownership by reducing IT costs associated with the maintenance of client/server-based applications.
The Cal-LIMS system, which is based on Starlims v10, is said to benefit the agency's direct customers - the DCDC lab staff and managers - while at the same time enhancing interoperability with public health partners.
A Starlims professional services team specialising in v9 to v10 upgrades worked with DCDC to implement the LIMS in its labs, from project definition to final deployment.