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Missouri State Highway Patrol Cuts Processing Time With STACS DNA

September 21, 2012

DNA sample data now quickly accessible

OTTAWA, September 21, 2012–STACS DNA Inc., the only DNA sample processing software provider, today announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has purchased STACS-CW Enterprise™ software, which has reduced the Patrol’s time required to complete specific DNA lab processes and made accurate documentation more easily available.

The time to document a sample has been cut in half as most of the data is now automatically entered into the STACS® application via barcode.  Moreover, the peer review process—previously covering the entire start-to-finish processes and requiring opening several different documents for each sample —is now done at each step, slashing the review process time per sample by 57%.

MSHP’s DNA lab needed a system that would support batching samples as well as integrating instruments and robotics. They chose STACS-CW Enterprise as it was the only solution on the market that focused solely on the unique methods of processing DNA samples that are not seen in other disciplines like trace or toxicology. In addition, STACS DNA customized the solution to meet MSHP’s specific workflows.

Their laboratory system-wide LIMS, originally designed 12 years ago and implemented 5 years ago, was built on LOTUS Notes and made extracting data about sample processing incredibly labor-intensive.  Data and notes were entered into a spreadsheet but became impossible to track.  Processing changed over time, robotics were implemented, and the hours required to document steps increased.  A process-mapping exercise highlighted gaps caused by their LIMS and workflow and led to their decision to implement STACS-CW Enterprise.

About MSHP

Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) delivers criminal justice services to ensure Missouri is a safe place to live or visit.  MSHP’s DNA lab, based in Jefferson CIty, provides superior forensic science services and technical support to all law enforcement agencies. For more information, visit http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov.

About STACS DNA

STACS DNA enables forensic laboratories to significantly accelerate their DNA sample throughput, allowing them to more effectively contribute to community safety.  STACS software works with a lab’s existing workflows–their LIMS, instruments and workloads–to blast through backlogs, increase lab integrity and decrease costs.  For more than a decade, STACS DNA has worked with database and casework labs of all sizes.  The company is based in Fairfax, VA and Ottawa, ON.  For more information, visit www.stacsdna.com.

For more information

Heather MacIntosh
Vice President, Marketing
STACS DNA Inc.
613-274-7822 ext. 2005
media (at) stacsdna.com