Month: September 2001

Events Trigger Several Responses from Quest

CEO SUMMARY: Terrorist attacks on September 11 impacted Quest Diagnostics Incorporated in a number of unexpected ways. Security measures in New York City and Washington, DC impeded normal courier activities. The immediate shutdown of all air traffic nationwide meant that air-freighted specimen shipments needed to be located, recovered, stabilized and moved forward to an appropriate …

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“September 24, 2001 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Many different professions lost good people as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11. However, the clinical laboratory industry and the pathology profession seems to have emerged unscathed. Following many conversations with laboratorians throughout the United States, THE DARK REPORT is unaware of any …

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LabCorp to Help Collect Family DNA Specimens

CEO SUMMARY: DNA testing will be a primary tool in identifying victims of this major disaster. Officials in New York City are formulating a plan whereby private labs will do DNA testing in conjunction with New York State Police laboratories. Laboratory Corporation of America has been designated as a public collection site where victim’s family …

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Deluge of Blood Donors Triggers Response by OCD

CEO SUMMARY: It’s the story behind the story. Even as overwhelming numbers of people nationwide rushed to donate blood following September 11’s terrorist attacks, blood bankers in many cities found themselves rapidly depleting their existing inventories of supplies and test kits. One of the nation’s leading suppliers of blood banking products recognized the challenge and …

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Terrorist Attacks Affect Many of Nation’s Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Following terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC, the total shutdown of commercial air traffic in the United States for 48 hours disrupted the regular shipment of reference and esoteric lab specimens to national laboratories. Swiftly-implemented contingency efforts by all labs resolved many of the problems and there is no evidence …

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Blood Bankers In USA Swamped by Public Help

CEO SUMMARY: Even as news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the subsequent collapse of the buildings was captured on national television, people began arriving at blood collection sites to donate blood. It was a growing tidal wave of volunteer blood donors, as their numbers continued swelling throughout the day and …

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It’s Modular Automation At Beaumont Hospital Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Many hospital labs are evaluating laboratory automation options. The fastest-growing problem which needs an answer is the shortage of trained medical technologists and technicians. At William Beaumont Hospital’s new laboratory, selective workstation and modular automation solutions were chosen as part of a master plan to reduce overall lab testing costs and minimize labor …

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Lab Test Ordering On Web Presents Tough Challenges

CEO SUMMARY: During 1999, many factors pointed to the speedy introduction of Web-based lab test ordering between physicians’ offices and their laboratory providers. Several credible players, like Healtheon/ WebMD (now WebMD) and Advanced Health Technologies, held numerous contracts to implement Web-based lab test ordering and results reporting. But Web-based lab test ordering never gained traction. …

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