Forensic Advantage Systems and North Carolina Bureau of Investigation to Co-Present at 2010 ASCLD Conference

Midlothian, VA - September 7, 2010 - Forensic Advantage Systems, the global provider of laboratory information management systems will present poster session with NCSBI to scientific session meeting attendees.

Dr. Peter Natale of Forensic Advantage Systems and Mr. John Dilday of North Carolina Bureau of Investigation will present a scientific poster session on Backlog Reduction through Human Innovation and Process Automation. The presentation will provide detailed information on the best practice methodologies and processes used for comparing and measuring the value of automating laboratory operations as compared to paper-based and other traditional methods. The focus of the study is designed to present practical guidance and tools used to analyze the benefits of understanding the throughput of case loads, reduction of operational costs, increased visibility across lab disciplines and improved reporting capabilities. The quantitative values defined in the research culminate in the overarching goal of collecting accurate statistical data that can be applied to effective operational management as well as grants and other funding opportunities. Based largely on a case study from North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation the specific information includes the decision process, criteria setting, technology selection, implementation issues, and the effects upon the lab’s metrics. The data also highlights the importance of human innovation as it relates to system selection and use, ensuring data security, accuracy, and the engagement of all lab members, management and staff, who need to be aware of the critical issues that lead to making informed decisions from real time data. Key topics include:

  Initial Reasons for Automation

  Definition of Metrics

  Goal Setting

  Lower Pending Cases (Backlog)

  Paper Elimination

  Calculation of Metrics - Cost per Case

  Reporting and Grant Applications from LIMS Data

  Achievement of Goals - Return on Investment


About North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

The State Bureau of Investigation is a division of the Department of Justice under the direction of Attorney General Roy Cooper. The SBI assists local law enforcement with criminal investigations. They work closely with local police and Sheriffs, district attorneys, federal investigators, and federal prosecutors. The SBI has statewide jurisdiction and investigates homicides, robberies, property crimes, and other serious cases. Involvement is at the request of the local department that maintains original jurisdiction over the case. The SBI has original jurisdiction in these areas:


- Drug Investigations

- Arson Investigations

- Election Law Violations

- Child Sexual Abuse in Day Care Centers

- Theft and Misuse of State Property

- Computer Crime Investigations that Involve Crimes Against Children

The SBI headquarters is located in Wake County, with field agents located in eight districts across North Carolina. Specialized investigators in financial crimes, computer crimes, Medicaid fraud, and other disciplines are located around the state. The SBI Crime Lab is located in Raleigh, with a Western Regional Lab in Asheville and a Triad Regional Lab in Greensboro.

About Forensic Advantage Systems
Forensic Advantage
Systems is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a leader in Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), delivering technology to the marketplace since 2002 and enjoys a large and growing installed base among law enforcement, medical examiners and digital forensic laboratories. The Forensic Advantage technology platform was created to address the unique needs of forensic laboratories that recognize the benefits of conducting their collection and case management activities electronically. The Forensic Advantage Suite delivers the ability to improve Case and Evidence, DNA and DUI data management while leveraging the Microsoft Office platform. The application improves individual productivity by enabling forensic examiners to focus on delivering timely, accurate results.
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