Month: January 1999

Technology Cannot Replace Productive People

READING THE PRINTER PROOFS FOR STORIES in this issue of THE DARK REPORT, I was struck by the importance of new technology to the competitive position of clinical laboratories. Each new scientific breakthrough affecting diagnostics requires individual laboratories to assess whether or not they should adopt that technology. In our list of the Top Ten …

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DARK REPORT Picks 1998’s Ten Biggest Lab Stories

CEO SUMMARY: Our story picks for 1998 demonstrate a broad range of subjects. Each affects laboratories and pathology practices in significant ways and should be used to trigger appropriate management strategies. Two essential themes among this year’s ten biggest lab stories: continued downward squeeze on reimbursement and a flood of new technology is on the …

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Total Laboratory Automation: It’s “ DOA” In Today’s Market

CEO SUMMARY: Since 1994, thoughtful lab executives have wrestled with the concept of total automation for their laboratory. Despite concerted marketing efforts by some of the world’s most successful diagnostics manufacturers, only a handful of total laboratory automation (TLA) sites are operating today in the United States. In operation, the economics of TLA failed to …

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DIANON Wins Contract, Buys Kyto Meridien Lab

CEO SUMMARY:Anatomic pathology took another forward step on the managed care battleground. DIANON Systems, Inc. gained status as a provider of anatomic pathology services under the new master agreement announced by Oxford Health Plans. DIANON’s success demonstrates that anatomic pathology can be split from laboratory testing when ancillary contract decisions are made by managed care …

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“January 11, 1999 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Not much has been heard from Neuromedical Systems, Inc.(NSI) recently. The company makes the PapNet® Testing System for Pap smear screening and is concentrating on obtaining approval from the FDA to use PapNet as a primary screener. It is currently approved for use as an adjunct test. This fall NSI announced a restructuring plan that …

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