Best Practices for Digital Technology Integration
A good framework for best practices in the integration of digital technology in laboratory systems include:
Use an open architecture system. Interoperability among systems is essential. Using a proprietary ecosystem will prohibit expansion or scaling in the future. Avoid data siloes by choosing technology solutions that connect with existing and future technologies.
Outline and understand security limitations. Figuring out how to mitigate security limitiations early in the technology adoption process can help to avoid potentially significant disruptions in the future. Involving all relevant information technology team members from the start is an essential first step in this direction.
Identify key lab digitalization partners. It is recommended to not try to build everything alone. Partners, either a business or individuals who excel in their industry or subject matter area, can help provide guidance with their expertise and best-in-class technology.
Embrace change. Changing long-established routines and processes can be a challenge in any organization, but when it comes to digitalization, that break in routine is a break in the right direction.