Ireland’s National Virus Laboratory deploys new information system


The National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) in Ireland has moved its Covid-19 test center to a new laboratory information system.

The lab implemented CliniSys’ WinPath Enterprise in an effort to reduce turnaround times for the Backweston Satellite Lab (NSLB) in County Kildare. During the process, the NVRL worked with the Medical Supply Company (MSC), which helps sell CliniSys products in Ireland.

The NVRL was established at University College Dublin in 1963 and is a public sector, not-for-profit medical virology laboratory funded by the diagnostic tests it performs on behalf of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The lab has played an important role in Ireland’s national response to the pandemic, as test results are fed back to both the HSE, which uses them to keep the public informed of the spread of the disease, and to public health experts who run the Irish test and traceability program. .

In order to expand PCR testing capacity in the public sector, the NVRL has established a satellite laboratory at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) on the Backweston Laboratory campus in County of Kildare.

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Director of NVRL, said: “At the start of the pandemic, we were doing about 30 PCR tests per day, and this quickly grew to 1,500 per day in NVRL, then almost 20,000 in as community testing in several laboratories went into operation. All of this work added to our normal workload, which declined – due to reduced demand for non-Covid hospital work – but never came to a complete stop.

“It would be hard to overstate the importance of the relationship with MSC, CliniSys and HSE for our ability to manage this volume of work. In addition, it is important to recognize the vital role that NVRL’s Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) plays in feeding data – including test results from its associated laboratories in Hell and Backweston – to the HSE. , public health teams and the national testing program.

“It was clear that we wouldn’t be able to maintain the quality of our service without putting Backweston on WinPath Enterprise. So, it’s great to see them come online.

WinPath Enterprise is designed to support lab networks and offers integration capabilities, better security architecture, and more up-to-date workflows than its predecessor.

Michael Lawlor, Head of Clinical IT Support at MSC, added: “Even though they were incredibly busy, we are delighted to see that they are already reaping the benefits. The move to WinPath Enterprise made the testing system more durable and improved security. It’s a movement that helps in so many ways. “


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