Month: March 2000

“March 27, 2000 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Will lab information system services be a value- added selling point for the national reference labs? Developments at American Medical Laboratories (AML) and Specialty Laboratories would indicate yes. First, AML entered a strategic alliance with Park City Solutions to develop e-commerce solutions targeted at healthcare and laboratory services. Now Specialty Labs has recruited Jack Redding …

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Bio-Reference Labs, CARESIDE, United Healthcare, MetLife, Foundation Health

BIO-REFERENCE LABS MOVES TO START PATIENT-DOCTOR MESSAGING ONE OF THE NATION’S MORE AGGRESSIVE efforts to refocus the clinical laboratory organization can be found at Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc., located in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Bio-Reference wants to use its basic lab testing relationship with physicians as the foundation for a business relationship that involves a host …

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Independent California Lab Decides to Exit Business

CEO SUMMARY: Market forces in California continue to put independent laboratories under sustained financial stress. One laboratory owner decided it was an auspicious time to sell his lab. That sale, of POISONLAB to Laboratory Corporation of America, was announced earlier this month. There are persistent, but unconfirmed, rumors that another independent lab is negotiating to …

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Honolulu Lab Pursuing Pacific Rim Business

CEO SUMMARY: With one laboratory already operating in Guam, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS) is poised to expand its services in the Pacific Rim area. Now a major competitor within Hawaii, DLS sees the island archipelagos of the Pacific Ocean as a natural extension of its existing service area. It’s a business strategy that matches …

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Looking for Laboratory Leadership

ONE ASPECT OF LABORATORY MANAGEMENT which is seldom discussed is the topic of leadership. Pure and simple, every laboratory organization and pathology group practice needs an effective leader if it is to survive and prosper. This is particularly true as reimbursement for lab services continues to shrink from year to year. In too many laboratory …

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2000’s Movers & Shakers Represent Strong Leaders

CEO SUMMARY: Its time again for THE DARK REPORT to make its yearly selection of the lab industry’s Movers & Shakers. Individuals chosen for 2000 represent a cross section of laboratory companies. Their successes demonstrate that leadership and vision continue to make a difference, despite the financial challenges of today’s healthcare marketplace. IT IS ALWAYS …

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Pap Technology Wars Expected to Intensify

CEO SUMMARY: With patience and persistence, Digene, Inc. is developing the effectiveness of its DNA-based HPV assay. Publication of recently-completed clinical trials provides evidence that Digene’s Hybrid Capture II ® HPV test, with further improvement, might become a relevant tool in the diagnostic pathway for cervical cancer. It’s another new technology with the potential to …

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NH Rural Hospital Labs Connecting Via Internet

CEO SUMMARY: Expect the Internet to be a tool for leveling the competitive playing field. Ten rural hospital labs in New Hampshire are now connecting their labs and their outreach physician office clients with a Web-based lab test ordering and results reporting system. The goal is to increase shared testing of lab work among members, …

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Academic Hospital Lab Raises Competitive Bar

CEO SUMMARY: Few academic center laboratories are as swift-moving as the UMASS Health System Laboratory. In the next 90 days, it will move into a brand new off-site core laboratory. During this same 90 days, it is implementing its first web-based laboratory test ordering and results reporting installations. This flurry of activity is driven by …

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AmeriPath Pursues Ambitious Strategy Of Rapid Expansion

CEO SUMMARY: As the pathology profession’s only publicly-traded physician practice management company, AmeriPath is the spear point of far-reaching changes now transforming pathology. With an annual revenue run rate of $270 million and an ample war chest of growth capital, AmeriPath intends to continue its steady expansion. In the 28 months since its initial public …

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