Access all your pathology data with ease

Laboratory information systems can be notoriously opaque, preventing full access to your pathology data. The PhoenixSoft Data Companion solution complements your laboratory information management system, providing you with complete access to your data.

For selected LIMS, Data Companion provides bulk data extraction and subsequent real time update of pathology data into an accessible industry standard database. Data Companion also provides a full data conversion and archive solution.

Through Data Companion, pathology patient and reference data from disciplines including blood sciences, microbiology, histology and blood transfusion become fully available.

In addition to providing access to your pathology data, Data Companion includes a comprehensive set of diagnostic facilities that, dependent upon the source LIMS, allow data issues or anomalies to be identified.

The real time data extraction provided by Data Companion equips you with the ideal source for live dashboards and up to date statistics. As an example, this is proving invaluable to NHS Trusts using Data Companion during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as they are able to benefit from the immediate reporting of patient and staff test results.

Installation and configuration in one day

Real time data feed and monitoring services

Easy access to your pathology data

Fully documented, including database schema

1. Configuration
Patient data, reference data and field mappings can be configured to match your LIMS settings.
2. Import
Choose the data you want to import, set the processes running and monitor progress.
3. View
View and filter your data within Data Companion to ensure optimal configuration.
4. Data Exceptions
Any data exceptions are detailed, and tools provided to help locate and identified the problem in your LIMS.
5. Diagnostics
Additional diagnostic tools help identify issues in your data with the ability to view the source data at the lowest level.

Features and benefits

Intuitive console display, providing:

Data Companion Services:

Real time monitoring, showing:

Full documentation:

The potential of your data...

Real Time Dashboards


Statistics and Analysis

Data Mining




In-House Development

Data Conversion and Archive Solution

Within the evolving landscape of LIMS solutions, there is a need to extract pathology data stored in an existing LIMS, whether to facilitate migration of current data or to provide an archive lookup facility after commissioning a new LIMS. Data Companion is an ideal solution for both these scenarios, since it provides easy, open access to all data for use in either situation: to help quickly move data to a new repository or to provide the data for an archive viewer application such as Lookup Companion.

System requirements

Database Server

Operating SystemAny supported 64bit Microsoft Windows server version, e.g.:
• Windows Server 2012
• Windows Server 2012 R2
• Windows Server 2016
• Windows Server 2019
Microsoft SQL ServerAny supported Microsoft SQL Server version, e.g.:
• 2012
• 2014
• 2016
• 2017
• 2019
Processor2.5Ghz with 4 cores or better
Memory24GB or more:
• 8GB for Windows Server Operating System
• 16GB or more dedicated for Microsoft SQL Server
StorageAt least 1TB (dependent on department), with separate volumes for:
• Windows Server Operating System
• SQL Data
• SQL Logs
• SQL Backups

Application Server

Operating SystemAny supported 64bit Microsoft Windows client version, e.g.:
• Windows 10
• Windows 11

Any supported 64bit Microsoft Windows server version, e.g.:
• Windows Server 2012
• Windows Server 2012 R2
• Windows Server 2016
• Windows Server 2019
.NET Framework4.6.2
Processor2.5Ghz with 4 cores or better
Storage250GB (100MB free disk space for the Data Companion software installation)

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Yes. The data belongs to the trust. Its your data to do with as you will. There is an EU directive that supports this type of activity: In the EU it is specifically permitted (article 6 EU software convention) to “reverse engineer file formats for the purpose of interoperability”.

No. 99% of the data is open and available to read via network drive shares and is not encrypted (except for user credentials and administrator accessed system features). Some data is compressed but this is via industry standard and non-copyrighted algorithms that have been available and used in in the software industry for over 25 years.

No. The impact to the running of the lab is minimal.

No. Data Companion only reads the data. There is never a time when Data Companion writes any data back to any legacy WP5 LIMS data.