CliniSys has launched a new information system to help support the effective management of genomic laboratories in the UK.

The company has brought GLIMS Genomics to the UK from Europe and follows the NHS delivering a national Genomic Medicine Service for England through seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs. The hubs aim to deliver a comprehensive, standardised testing service for English hospitals, as genomic testing starts to become a routine part of clinical practice.

GLIMS Genomics covers the whole genomic testing spectrum and can be adapted to handle new techniques. It delivers a high degree of automation; an customisable genomics workflow; a ‘pedigree’ drawing tool for mapping family relationships and genetic traits; flexible reports that can be set up to incorporate images, graphs, and interpretive content; and analytics dashboards.

This means it offers an effective management, standardisation and reporting tool for the seven GLHs and other laboratories that are delivering genomic testing.

Emma Huntridge, business development director at CliniSys, said: “Genomic medicine is no longer the preserve of a few, small, research groups. It is on the cusp of being an established diagnostic tool for some cohorts of patients.

“To support this development, genomic laboratories need to change; and the technology they use will need to change with them.

“They need to move away from the labour intensive, disjointed spreadsheet or paper-based management of samples, to a more automated, streamlined approach so they can increase their sample throughput, adopt standardised workflows, and seamlessly deliver results to clinicians via integration with the electronic patient record.”