What are the benefits of a “paperless” lab?

May 18th 2021

Paperless labs are, in essence, bridging the gap between the science and the business.

There are typically several instruments in a single lab, all producing different data types, some of which are still recorded by hand. This means that firstly, all the data produced is not integrated, therefore there are often multiple individual data sets that do not link together, creating extra work as data must then be compiled – often tiresome and repetitive work. Moreover, in some cases data is still collected by hand, injecting a capacity for human error. The implementation of a “paperless” system, a system that can link together all instruments, creating seamless data collection across the whole lab workflow, eradicates all of that.

Human error is inevitable, which when it adds up can cause a significant impact on data and therefore on the company. If you have a team of 7 scientists, who all made just 1 small mistake each day, that is 49 incorrect data points for that week and 2,548 incorrect data points for that year. This can have a significant impact on overall performance. A paperless lab would ensure 100% data accuracy and reliability, which could be a guarantee that gives a business an edge over its competitors.

Cost reduction is another huge factor. It would save money directly on buying paper, which can often be a sizable percentage of outgoings. Not to mention reducing the environmental impact of using such vast amounts of paper.

Most importantly, running a paperless lab saves time. The time that would have previously been spent on collating data and creating reports is now free to be spent on other more valuable or meaningful work, meaning that productivity, efficiency and even team morale can increase.

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