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Introduction to Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) & Other Information Systems


Laboratory informatics is the specialized application of information technology to enable and enhance scientific processes and the delivery of laboratory information. It is a critical part of today’s laboratory operations, helping to ensure high-quality, reliable data and results.

This basic-level eLearning course provides an overview of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) – also known as a Laboratory Information System – and other information systems that play a key role in laboratory informatics. Included in the course are explorations of LIMS functionality, the role of the LIMS in interoperability, various regulations and standards regarding information systems and laboratory data, and the steps in implementing a LIMS.


This online course is designed for public health and clinical laboratory staff (including managers and leaders) and persons interested in the role and importance of informatics to the operation and mission of the laboratory.


Course content is closed captioned, where applicable, and optimized for a screen reader.


At the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Identify the core functions and internal features of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Identify common systems that can interface with the LIMS
  • Recognize how the LIMS facilitates interoperability
  • Recognize the professional standards and federal regulations that apply to laboratory information systems and data
  • Identify the steps in LIMS implementation
Continuing Education (CE)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems, is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours.

P.A.C.E.® course number: 288-007-23.