September 2018

The daunting task of moving to a new LIS software can be challenging enough without considering switching your deployment model. However, the adoption of value-based health care has put laboratories under increased pressure to reduce costs, while improving operational efficiency and quality. Sourcing an agile, integrated and scalable laboratory information systems (LIS), is a key strategic decision for any laboratory.  Considering a software as a service (SaaS) model could hold the key to a competitive advantage, not only for its ease of deployment, flexible scalability, and increased ROI; but also as it better positions laboratories to take advantage of future developments in technology. What is a SaaS model? There is no question that IT is moving to the cloud. According to Gartner, moving forward the cloud will become the prevalent approach when it comes to IT sourcing. A SaaS model intelligently makes use of the cloud to allow users to purchase a service using on demand licensing. SaaS includes the multi-tenant concept, where customers purchase a typical model of a product from a single point, while still allowing for separation of access to data. SaaS is centrally hosted and so a major advantage is that it is available over the internet any