1 July 2019: His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Penjore launched the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database on 1 st July 2019.
Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) (http://lims.ncah.gov.bt) is the online database system designed to efficiently manage the information of all the veterinary laboratory activities in the country. It has the features for online entry of sample details, test result, diagnosis and recommendation. The system helps the veterinary laboratories to track samples from submission to testing and reporting.
This database enables real time tracking of sample testing status through a paperless system. Besides data storage and test result dissemination, customized analysis can also be performed to providedecisions required in policy interventions. This system is intended for all the laboratory facilities under the Department of Livestock (DoL) viz. National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDCs), Satellite Veterinary Laboratories (SVLs) and Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratories (DVLs). Once the system is live online it can be remotely accessed by any authorizedpersonnel.
In Bhutan, the veterinary laboratory network covers almost all dzongkhags with one laboratory in each district, four regional laboratories, four satellite laboratories and one national laboratory. On annual basis, these laboratories churn out large number of data from the number of samples submitted and test performed. Until now, all the laboratory networks in the country are maintaining this information on paper-based system. Storage and management of such large volume of data manually is a huge challenge with high degree of vulnerability to loss and damage. A web-based database system will immensely help in electronic storage, enhanced security, easy analysis and control on chain of custody.