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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

1. Are you typing or clicking? Seriously, typing?? When I was a child, my dad bought me an Apple II (which sort of tells you my age). It was a really cool computer and it could do anything – as long as that thing came in green, and I could type exactly what I wanted it to do in Applesoft BASIC. Then came the 80s. If your system still requires you to type, if a black box window is something that is a part of your LIS – then you might want to consider a new LIS. 2. Fault proof and disaster recovery. Are you ready? I was in NY City in the big power outage of 2003. It was an amazing thing. Suddenly, the city that never stops, was quiet. There was no air-condition hum, no noise, the trains did not work. I remember the restaurants that served free ice cream to anyone who walked by. It was either that, or the ice cream would have melted. I guess they did not have a backup generator. When we are talking about your lab, things are much more complex. You need to be able not only to keep a perfect copy of your databases, but