There are over 40 microbiology laboratories (diagnostic and referral) in the government health sector in Sri Lanka . All these laboratories use paper based processes to carry out their functions.
The ministry of health and the Sri Lanka Collage of Microbiologists has initiated the process to move away from the paper based system and to implement a common Laboratory Information Management System(LIMS) in all state sector microbiology laboratories .
This will be implemented in three phases.
Development of a basic laboratory information management system to be deployed at NIHS Kalutara.
Expansion of the LIMS developed in phase 1 with additional modules such as – Inventory management, Document management, Quality management etc .
Deployment of the expanded LIMS developed in phase 1+2 to other laboratories situated at state health sector institutes.
The first phase (Phase 1) of this initiative will be to implement and Maintain a Laboratory Information Management Software (LIMS) at the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) situated in Nagoda, Kalutara.
Development of a basic laboratory information management system to be deployed at NIHS Kalutara is expected to be initiated in March 2017.