Medline Industries Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and clinical solutions for healthcare industry customers in more than 90 countries. Founded in 1966, and with global sales of $13.9 billion, Medline has more than 18,000 employees, dedicated operations in 25+ countries, and 45 distribution centers in North America alone.
Having operated completely paper-based laboratory testing and manufacturing facilities for more than 50 years, Medline selected Starlims Quality Manufacturing (QM) laboratory informatics management system (LIMS) as a highly configurable informatics infrastructure that would allow the company to digitize and automate key functionality, data management and instrument calibration recording across laboratories carrying out microbiology testing of medical device, drug and cosmetic samples.
Medline realized the need to move away from paper-based data management to enable significant time and cost savings, reduce manual errors, and more seamlessly achieve and maintain regulatory compliance. Complete, automated data management also helps to ensure data integrity and security, enabling more in depth, and insightful comparative data and trend analysis to make critical business decisions. To achieve all this the firm looked for an easily configurable, modular solution that could be shaped for use within different departments.