Directorate General (Research), Livestock & Dairy Development Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has a mandate to keep livestock and cattle healthy and productive to ensure a wealthy nation.
The directorate manages various laboratories of veterinary sciences, livestock and dairy farming but was facing some challenges:
- Labs were fully equipped but lacked digital automation
- Department needed a Lab Information System which could digitize the data entry process and record keeping of test results
The labs were working on manual registers and cash memos. There was no mechanism for quick generation of reports, analysis, and/or prediction of epidemics (cattle). This prevented timely preparation and implementation of precautionary measures.
The Fellowship team developed a Lab Information Management System that can improve agility, introduce process automation, and facilitate seamless communication between centers, labs, and directorates.
Following features are included in the system:
- The manual processing and record-keeping processes have been transitioned online
- Each lab has been given access to the system dashboard for maintaining records and test results, helping in better record keeping, tracking of test results, and improving efficiency
- System administrators are now able to see an overview of all activities, which will result in better performance and oversight
- There are provisions added in the system for future updates and expansion of new services
- This system can now enable the department to predict epidemics for livestock
The digitization of labs will bring a number of key benefits to the department. It will increase the department’s oversight on lab performance. It will enable labs to compile reports in less time. Data analysis will become easier and enable the department to predict epidemics in cattle and detect disease trends. Farmers and cattle owners will be able to track the status of test results online and via SMS.