Month: November 1999

“November 22, 1999 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

UroCor, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is losing its long-time Chairman and CEO. Effective December 31, 1999, William A. Hagstrom will leave the company to pursue “new business start-up activities.” Hagstrom joined UroCor back in 1989, and helped it emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. For four consecutive years in the early 1990s, UroCor …

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HBOC, Abaton.com, Quest, Unilab, LabOne, Epitope

MCKESSON HBOC ACQUIRES ABATON.COM IN MOVE TO WEB SERVICES IT WAS VALIDATION OF A PREDICTION made just weeks ago in THE DARK REPORT that web-based information management systems is the next major battleground in both healthcare and the clinical lab industry. McKesson HBOC announced its purchase of Abaton.com, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota last Tuesday. Abaton.com …

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Opening Pandora’s Box

OUR EDITOR ONCE AGAIN HAS ANOTHER REMARKABLE PREDICTION for the clinical laboratory industry. In this issue, he predicts new point-of-care (POC) technology for routine chemistry and hematology testing will start the long- foretold process of laboratory decentralization. This follows on the heels of the last issue of THE DARK REPORT, when he predicted that web-based …

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Point-Of-Care Chemistry Ready To Transform Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Following on the heels of our prediction about web-based test ordering/results reporting, here’s another equally revolutionary development. CARESIDE, Inc. is ready to launch a point-of-care instrument suite for routine, high-volume chemistry and hematology tests. Early peeks at this technology reveal its potential to revamp the organization of both hospital and commercial laboratories. WITH …

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“Distributed” Lab Model Soon to Become Reality

CEO SUMMARY: During the 1990s, laboratory automation was expected to have the greatest impact upon the structure and organization of laboratories. However, like the famous race between the tortoise and the hare, it’s our prediction that point-of-care testing technology, quietly advancing in the background, will have a more revolutionary impact on the way clinical laboratories …

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CARESIDE POC Solution in entirety, the traditional way of performing tests in the To Alter Lab Organization

CEO SUMMARY: CARESIDE’s point-of-care testing system gives laboratory executives a new tool for bringing value-added laboratory services to clinicians. In this exclusive interview, W. Vickery Stoughton, Chairman and CEO of CARESIDE, Inc., shares his perspectives on the clinical laboratory marketplace. As President of SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, Mr. Stoughton was responsible for starting the effort …

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Abbott Runs Into FDA Buzzsaw, Faces Major Marketplace Crisis

BY NOW, MOST OF THE clinical laboratory industry knows that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. signed a consent decree with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 2, 1999. Under terms of the consent decree, Abbott paid a $100 million fine and will pull a number of test kits out of the marketplace. The original date …

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Internet-Based Lab Info Racing Into Marketplace

CEO SUMMARY: It’s another roller coaster ride for clinical laboratories and pathology practices. Within 24 months, virtually all physician offices will be using web-based technology to order lab tests and receive test results. Web-based ordering/reporting of laboratory testing will drive the organizational form of laboratories and pathology groups throughout the upcoming decade. IF LABORATORY CONSOLIDATION …

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Physicians Demand Web Solutions From Clinical Labs

CEO SUMMARY: As physicians gain personal familiarity with the Internet and its potential to enhance their medical practice, they logically begin to want their clinical laboratory to offer web-based solutions. Physicians are driving this impending marketplace shift away from proprietary PC computer ordering/reporting systems to web-based products. Only labs willing to respond will maintain their …

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New Internet Companies Target Clinical Lab Services

CEO SUMMARY: During the coming transition from proprietary PC-based to web-based lab test ordering/reporting systems, it will be Internet start-up companies that have the competitive jump over traditional LIS vendors. There are many reasons why this is true. Here is a first look at the major players who will compete to provide Internet links between …

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