JusticeTrax, Inc., has been helping forensic laboratories automate internal laboratory processes with LIMS-plus for nearly two decades. In addition, we have used our years of forensic experience, combined with innovative technologies, to deliver software as a service (SaaS) applications designed to create a more efficient workplace through information sharing.
At JusticeTrax, we understand that the laboratory is mostly focused on the time it takes to produce analytical reports, not on entering evidence, answering calls for status updates or mailing/e-mailing reports to detectives, prosecutors and public defenders. Enter LIMS-plus Portal, a new application to address these time-consuming issues. (LIMS-plus Portal is a combination of JusticeTrax's previous iPreLog and iResults applications.)
Imagine the time the laboratory could save if the analysts didn't have to manually enter evidence and requests for analysis information. From the crime scene, in a car, or on an office computer, the pre-log portion of LIMS-plus Portal provides the ability for the investigating officer to submit evidence information to the laboratory through a secure internet connection. The submitting officer can enter information on the items collected as well as related offenses, individuals, and even details on requests for analysis to be performed on each item. When arriving at the laboratory, the submitting officer need only provide the printed LIMS-plus Portal receipt generated during the information entry, along with the evidence being submitted, to the receiving clerk. The clerk simply scans the receipt's barcode to receive the evidence and related information from the list of submitted information. From there, the staff members need only verify the information entered and generate an evidence receipt for the submitting agency representative. Deploying LIMS-plus Portal will significantly decrease the time it takes to process the receipt of new evidence.
LIMS-plus Portal also provides the ability for requesting agency representatives to log into this secure SaaS application 24 hours a day to verify the statuses for their requests for forensic analysis, which completely eliminates calls to the laboratory for case statuses. When reporting information is available, it is auto-uploaded from LIMS-plus and approved agencies can view it without delay. This alone creates a much more efficient process for the laboratory's administrative staff.
LIMS-plus Portal was designed by JusticeTrax to eliminate the duplication of efforts and to maximize employee time. Every moment an analyst or administrative staff member saves because of LIMS-plus Portal is a moment better spent processing evidence and closing cases. In addition, the laboratory can rapidly transmit information and reports to criminal justice partners. This information sharing capability between criminal justice professionals - including responding officers and detectives, prosecutors, public defenders and judges - will extend significant improvements beyond the laboratory. In fact, improvements in case processing will be seen all the way through to the court proceedings.