Guru Singh weighs in on the biggest trends we see happening in the near future for lab informatics.
Lab Informatics Trends
There are several emerging developments to keep an eye on including:
- Scientists spend 50 to 80% of their time at the bench with no reliable way to capture and access data. Most current lab informatics tools do not offer hands-free access, leaving scientists stranded at the bench in a ‘data desert’. New generation lab informatics tools solve this problem by leveraging mobile and voice technology so scientists can access and record data from anywhere in the lab.
- Interoperability in the lab is another issue. R&D companies use numerous tools to support their research, but most of the times, these tools are not connected which means data is fragmented. Therefore, scientists waste time collating and harmonizing data. In 2020, new lab informatics tools will automatically collect and collate data within a single platform, allowing scientists to access all their lab data in one place.
- The cost to automate R&D will also go down with advancements in the Internet of Things, for example data connectivity tools, and by pursuing data standardization. Also, 5G adoption will positively impact lab automation by speeding up secure data exchange.
- In the near future, we will see continued progress towards the Lab of the Future, where more labs will adopt cloud, mobile and voice technology. The industry will move closer to its next stage of evolution where lab operations will be touchless, connected and automated. For example, LabTwin’s voice-powered digital lab assistant reduces manual error and frees up scientists from repetitive, mundane tasks so they can concentrate on their science.