Month: February 2001

“February 26, 2001 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Multiplex testing on a single specimen is getting ever closer to the clinical marketplace. On February 19, LINCO Research, Inc. and Luminex Corporation announced an agreement that calls for LINCO to develop, manufacture, and market multianalyte immunoassay kits using Luminex’s LabMap™ technology. LINCO says it has immediate availability for an “8-plex” kit that can simultaneously …

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DIANON Systems, IMPATH, Specialty Labs, Dynacare, Quest, LabCorp

DIANON & IMPATH REPORT 2000 EARNINGS TWO OF THE NATIONAL anatomic pathology companies reported fourth quarter earnings. Both DIANON Systems, Inc. and IMPATH, Inc. posted big gains in revenues and operating profits for 2000. At DIANON Systems, revenues reached $95.7 million, a gain of 26% over 1999 revenues of $76.1 million. Operating income in 2000 …

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When the Laboratory Marketplace Speaks

IT WAS JUST 15 MONTHS AGO WHEN THE DARK REPORT made this bold prediction: “By December 31, 2001, every physician’s office in the United States which generates a high volume of laboratory testing will be using a Web-based system for ordering lab tests, receiving results, and accessing a patient’s complete lab test history.” When this …

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Labs Moving to Internet For Results Reporting

CEO SUMMARY: When faced with the choice of implementing Web-accessed lab test ordering or Web-accessed results reporting, most early adopter laboratories started with results reporting. It requires much less money and effort to accomplish. Vendors recognized this fact and are introducing a variety of products that enable labs to give their physician clients Web access …

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New Products for Lab Test Reporting

Editor’s Introduction: Although the movement to shift lab test results reporting to the Web is still in its earliest stages, a growing number of laboratories are actively preparing to offer this service to their physician-clients. In response to the demand for solutions to permit lab test results reporting via the Internet, new vendors have joined the …

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Web-based Test Ordering Is A “Tough Nut To Crack”

CEO SUMMARY: Shifting office-based physicians to Web-accessed lab test ordering proved to be a daunting task for WebMD and its early competitors. Probably the most significant discovery is that modest capabilities of existing software technology and the lack of Internet broadband connections into doctors’ offices combined to make this proposition a tough sell during the …

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Nurse Shortage Parallels That of Fewer Med Techs

CEO SUMMARY: It’s a story that will soon become a national headline. Even as laboratories struggle to find enough med techs to fill open positions, hospitals are facing an even bigger problem in getting enough nurses to keep units staffed and open. Recruiting nurses overseas is one solution—but will the American lab industry try the …

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“Information Therapy” Plays to Labs’ Strengths

IT’S TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO A GROWING AREA OF MEDICINE loosely described as “information therapy.” It is the concept of providing consumers and patients with reliable health information without requiring face-to-face visits with physicians or other healthcare professionals. For clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists, this is an important development. After all, information is the …

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Eight Trends Reshaping Clinical Lab Services

CEO SUMMARY: Once again, THE DARK REPORT’S annual list of lab industry trends deals less with government regulation and influence on laboratory operations and more with the impact of new technologies and new management philosophies. Marketplace acceptance of these lab industry trends is occurring swiftly. Throughout 2000, early adopter labs moved readily to respond to …

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“Local” Anatomic Path Has Two Major Players

CEO SUMMARY: After a lot of money and much effort, the fledgling crop of companies wanting to consolidate and manage pathology group practices has narrowed into just two market leaders: AmeriPath and Pathology Service Associates. These two companies could not be more different in their goals and operating philosophies. For local pathology groups, this is …

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