Wales TrakLab

Wales TrakLab

NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

Wales select InterSystems TrakCare as its National Laboratory System


NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) has selected InterSystems as its National Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) partner. The Welsh Assembly Government funding of £12.1m will be used to implement a single instance of InterSystems TrakCare Lab. The programme will support the increasing diagnostic activity, currently over 21 million tests a year, for the whole of Wales with its population of approximately 3 million.


TrakCare Lab’s functionality enables the programme to implement a regional deployment model that supports the alignment of the 18 independent laboratories with the seven regional Health Boards. This will facilitate the standardisation of practice, improved clinical governance and increase the capacity and flexibility to meet future demand and new developments. The main objectives for this programme are:

  • To have a fully supported networked LIMS available for implementation from January 2011
  • To improve clinical data and management information flows to meet the needs of NHS Wales
  • To improve the functionality and flexibility of the pathology IT system to meet current and future service needs

Bob Hudson Chief Executive of Public Health Wales said,“Pathology services are essential to the provision of high quality patient care and are fundamental to the delivery of better health services in Wales. The provision of information and advice is essential to support patient care with around 80% of diagnoses supported by pathology test results in both hospitals and General Practice.”

Compared with the existing laboratory systems, the centrally managed solution will reduce costs for support and maintenance. These projected savings include a 50% reduction in data maintenance and extraction costs, and 30% reduction in analyser interface costs. New capabilities include distribution of workload across sites, real-time infection surveillance and management, and the improvement of equality and continuity of patient care. The laboratory data will be stored in the InterSystems Caché® high performance object database to provide users with a complete view of a patient’s diagnostic record, and contribute to an Individual Care Record for patients in the NHS in Wales.

TrakCare Lab meets all the operational needs of modern pathology services, and is designed to streamline the diverse activities across all disciplines for the smallest to largest laboratories. This versatility was proven in the rigorous user evaluation process as TrakCare received top marks from each laboratory concerning their functional needs. Integral to TrakCare Lab is InterSystems Ensemble®, a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications, which will provide interoperability between the pathology service and other local and national systems.

We are delighted to be part of this innovative programme, using TrakCare Lab to deliver breakthroughs in patient outcomes, laboratory performance and clinician communications,” said Kerry Stratton, Managing Director, Healthcare, InterSystems.