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Ideal Balance: Extensible COTS with Industry-Specific Configurations

HORIZON LIMSHORIZON® LIMS provides a 20+ year proven design standard combining virtually unlimited site-specific extensibility needed by the largest, multi-disciplinary enterprise laboratories, with all the built-in functionality needed by the most highly automated laboratories in the environmental and human health and safety sectors. HORIZON users include the largest investor-owned U.S. water/wastewater utility; the largest generator of electricity in the U.S.; the country's second-largest private environmental laboratory network; numerous state public health labs; and one of the country's two World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) laboratories.
 
HORIZON Central, the core LIMS module, combines all the base features of an ASTM-compliant1 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) LIMS with the industry-specific functionality required by HORIZON-powered laboratories (1ASTM E 1578 – 06, Standard Guide for Laboratory Information Management Systems; ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959, USA). Specialized functionality, such as enterprise content management, enterprise report management and web portal, statistical analysis, remote field data collection, and enterprise instrument interfacing, are provided through integrated modules.

HORIZON complies with the Good Automated Laboratory Practices ("GALP," EPA Directive 2185) and all LIMS-related regulatory mandates in the laboratory industries we serve (e.g., NELAC, CLIA, CAP, AIHA, HIPAA/HITECH, SAMHSA). HORIZON is delivered with pre-configured reports, calculations, and login and sample management functions, for example, all of which are readily customizable without modifications to core system code.

In fact, if a change to core code is required for regulatory compliance,  ChemWare will deliver the enhancement through a point release to all customers under an active Software Maintenance Agreement.

 

HORIZON Central's core LIMS functionality includes (view as expanded list):
Version 11: Proven 20+ Year Software Life Cycle Minimize
20th Anniversary HORIZON LIMSVersion 11 marks the 20th anniversary edition of HORIZON LIMS, one of the most successful commercial LIMS products in history. HORIZON v11 new features include a technology upgrade of the database, HORIZON application server, and HORIZON reports server to provide infrastructure support for 64-bit and the Windows 2008 Server operating system.
 

Core LIMS Functionality

    • Supports all modern barcode readers and printers
    • Generates/prints barcode labels automatically at the time of sample/container ID creation
    • Option to print labels on ad hoc or en masse basis
    • Delivered with industry-specific standard calculations and logic
    • Customizable calculations through Rules Engine
    • Complex and site-specific calculations supported through programmable extensions
    • Maintains a complete history of container transfers
    • Complies with all NELAC requirements for container tracking
    • Tracks chain-of-custody documents, assigns unique IDs to multiple containers received for a single sample, and tracks the transfer and storage of all containers from receipt to disposal
    • Configure profiles specific to a price quote, contract, location, project or reason for testing
    • Maintain client- or project- specific limits, report types and other data quality objectives
    • Set up ad hoc analyte lists, custom pricing, and advanced pricing logic
    • Extensive context-sensitive, searchable and hyperlinked online documentation
    • Separate user guide and system administrator guide can be saved locally and printed
    • Example reports and extensions fully documented
    • Generate quotes and invoices directly from LIMS
    • Support any number of price sheets, each with its own effective date
    • Set up cost sheets to track internal labor/material costs, monitor profitability, and compare with industry benchmarks
    • Update the laboratory's A/R system through an automated export file of billable charges at time of invoice creation
    • Minimal data entry, natural field layout to eliminate need for mouse
    • Automated and batch login capabilities if using barcode labeled containers or requisitions/chains
    • Automated scheduling to each department/user for multi-parameter testing, managing internal due dates for each laboratory procedure and section
    • Maintains versioning of control limits with start and stop dates
    • Updates new limits generated through statistical analysis of historical QC data, with ability to manually or automatically exclude outliers prior to update
    • Supports any number of procedure-specific data reviews at any step in the workflow, including ability to automatically insert a new review step based on test outcome or status
    • Generates control charts with existing limits, ad hoc limits, or statistically-derived limits, flags limit excursions and pattern rule violations, and supports unattended batch-printing of charts
    • Enforces compliance with methods, SOPs, and QC criteria
    • Prevents unauthorized alteration of data
    • Full traceability of reportable results to all values and calculation used in data reduction 
    • Advanced prelogin scheduling with calendar view of expected samples and those that failed to arrive on schedule
    • Schedule one-time test requests or recurring requests, using any sample collection algorithm
    • Downloadable schedule to field data collection device
    • Supports advanced search function based on anything known about the sample
    • Intelligently sorted and filtered backlog view idenitifies highest priority work for every user
    • Enforces role-based security model, requiring a unique username and password combination with customizable password validation logic
    • Maintains a printable audit trail displaying the “before” and “after” values, date and time of change, person making the change, and reason for change (if required)
    • Tracks all consumables, including manufacturer/supplier, stock and lot number, MSDS, external certificates of analysis, and internal QC validation status
    • Alerts technicians of expired or uncertified standards and reagents
    • Tracks creation and approval of current supply orders, including kits/coolers, forms, media or other supplies originated by the laboratory for distribution to collectors/customers
    • Tracks outstanding kits awaiting return from collectors/customers
    • Generates inventory reconciliation report
    • Rules Engine administrator tool for test code definitions, workflow modeling, and business rule maintenance
    • Test code development using Visio-like interface depicting tasks/steps, possible outcomes, dependencies, decision-points, and follow-on procedures
    • Copy/paste function to quickly clone/edit existing configurations or templates
    • Validation check to verify completeness and "reasonableness" of configuration
    • Check in/check out function and versioning to control rollout of configurations from development/test system to production system
    • Allows power users with no IT skills to contribute to setup/implementation

    Barcode Scanner/Printer Support
    • Supports all modern barcode readers and printers
    • Generates/prints barcode labels automatically at the time of sample/container ID creation
    • Option to print labels on ad hoc or en masse basis

    Calculations

    • Delivered with industry-specific standard calculations and logic
    • Customizable calculations through Rules Engine
    • Complex and site-specific calculations supported through programmable extensions

    Chain of Custody

    • Maintains a complete history of container transfers
    • Complies with all NELAC requirements for container tracking
    • Tracks chain-of-custody documents, assigns unique IDs to multiple containers received for a single sample, and tracks the transfer and storage of all containers from receipt to disposal

    Customer Relationship/Project Management

    • Configure profiles specific to a price quote, contract, location, project or reason for testing
    • Maintain client- or project- specific limits, report types and other data quality objectives
    • Set up ad hoc analyte lists, custom pricing, and advanced pricing logic

    Documentation

    • Extensive context-sensitive, searchable and hyperlinked online documentation
    • Separate user guide and system administrator guide can be saved locally and printed
    • Searchable knowledge base
    • Example reports and extensions fully documented

    Invoicing

    • Generate quotes and invoices directly from LIMS
    • Support any number of price sheets, each with its own effective date
    • Set up cost sheets to track internal labor/material costs, monitor profitability, and compare with industry benchmarks
    • Update the laboratory's A/R system through an automated export file of billable charges at time of invoice creation

    Login/Receiving

    • Minimal data entry, natural field layout to eliminate need for mouse
    • Automated and batch login capabilities if using barcode labeled containers or requisitions/chains
    • Automated scheduling to each department/user for multi-parameter testing, managing internal due dates for each laboratory procedure and section

    Quality Control/Quality Assurance

    • Maintains versioning of control limits with start and stop dates
    • Updates new limits generated through statistical analysis of historical QC data, with ability to manually or automatically exclude outliers prior to update
    • Supports any number of procedure-specific data reviews at any step in the workflow, including ability to automatically insert a new review step based on test outcome or status
    • Generates control charts with existing limits, ad hoc limits, or statistically-derived limits, flags limit excursions and pattern rule violations, and supports unattended batch-printing of charts
    • Enforces compliance with methods, SOPs, and QC criteria
    • Prevents unauthorized alteration of data
    • Full traceability of reportable results to all values and calculation used in data reduction 

    Scheduling and Workflow Tracking

    • Advanced prelogin scheduling with calendar view of expected samples and those that failed to arrive on schedule
    • Schedule one-time test requests or recurring requests, using any sample collection algorithm
    • Downloadable schedule to field data collection device
    • Supports advanced search function based on anything known about the sample
    • Intelligently sorted and filtered backlog view idenitifies highest priority work for every user

    Security

    • Enforces role-based security model, requiring a unique username and password combination with customizable password validation logic
    • Maintains a printable audit trail displaying the “before” and “after” values, date and time of change, person making the change, and reason for change (if required)

    Standards Log/Inventory Control

    • Tracks all consumables, including manufacturer/supplier, stock and lot number, MSDS, external certificates of analysis, and internal QC validation status
    • Alerts technicians of expired or uncertified standards and reagents
    • Tracks creation and approval of current supply orders, including kits/coolers, forms, media or other supplies originated by the laboratory for distribution to collectors/customers
    • Tracks outstanding kits awaiting return from collectors/customers
    • Generates inventory reconciliation report

    System Configuration/Administration
    • Rules Engine administrator tool for test code definitions, workflow modeling, and business rule maintenance
    • Test code development using Visio-like interface depicting tasks/steps, possible outcomes, dependencies, decision-points, and follow-on procedures
    • Copy/paste function to quickly clone/edit existing configurations or templates
    • Validation check to verify completeness and "reasonableness" of configuration
    • Check in/check out function and versioning to control rollout of configurations from development/test system to production system
    • Allows power users with no IT skills to contribute to setup/implementation
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Success Stories Minimize
"HORIZON Data Management has revolutionized our laboratory. Generation and archiving of hardcopy documents  decreased 75% in the first year of production, and we expect an additional 20-25% decrease during the second year."
Ken Marshall, Laboratory Manager
Eastern Municipal Water District 

"With the implementation of HORIZON, the laboratory realized both productivity gains and improvements to data quality within the first few months of operation. HORIZON automatically reports results to our surveillance system, and allows our partners to order tests and receive results electronically."
Jerry Young, Project Manager
Bureau of Information Technology

Alabama Dept of Public Health

"The closer we looked at HORIZON and the more we talked about our technical specifications and business requirements, the more apparent it became that ChemWare spoke our language."
Deirdre O'Neill, IT Manager
NMS Labs


"Pace Analytical Services has invested heavily in systems automation and electronic communications in order to enhance response time, service quality, and analytical capabilities across our sixteen laboratories. Pace has continued to grow and expand its business into new geographies and new markets, and the LIMS is a key component of our continued success."
Steve Vanderboom, CEO
Pace Analytical Services Inc.

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