Month: January 2012

Dark Daily

January 30, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

It’s a sign of the times and a warning to clinical labs and lab industry vendors. Money is short at some community hospitals— meaning bills are going unpaid. In Birmingham, Alabama, the Birmingham News reported that Cooper Green Mercy Hospital is $1 million behind in its bills. Among the creditors mentioned were Beckman Coulter Corporation …

January 30, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News” Read More »

GHSU Graduates Med Techs Using Distance Training

CEO SUMMARY: Many clinical labs experiencing a shortage of trained medical laboratory scientists (MLS) in their city continue to overlook how the use of distance training programs could help them attract and retain top-performers. Leaders of the clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) distance training program at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) say distance students are enthusiastic …

GHSU Graduates Med Techs Using Distance Training Read More »

Pick Your Medicine: Personalized or Precision?

DURING THE PERSONALIZED MEDICINE WORLD CONFERENCE (PMWC) that took place in Silicon Valley last week, there was much excitement about the earliest clinical services that meet the definition of personalized medicine. It won’t surprise pathologists and lab administrators to learn that companion diagnostics is considered a frontline example of personalized medicine. Our Editor-In-Chief, Robert L. …

Pick Your Medicine: Personalized or Precision? Read More »

Roche Offers $5.7 Billion To Acquire Illumina Inc.

CEO SUMMARY: Once again, Roche is hunting for gene sequencing and gene analysis technology that can support its goal of being a world leader in gene-based therapeutics and clinical lab testing that utilizes gene tests and molecular diagnostics. Last week, Roche launched a hostile stock tender offer for shares of Illumina, Inc., of San Diego, …

Roche Offers $5.7 Billion To Acquire Illumina Inc. Read More »

Personalized Medicine: Meet Pathologists’ New Competitors

IF THERE IS ANY SINGLE “NEXT BIG THING” that will truly revolutionize healthcare, it is likely to be personalized medicine. This approach promises to deliver improved outcomes to individual patients, while helping to control—or even reduce—the cost of care. Central to personalized medicine will be the need for the physician to have information about the …

Personalized Medicine: Meet Pathologists’ New Competitors Read More »

From Modest Beginnings, Two Lab Networks Find Success

“For 20 years, our regional laboratory network here in Detroit has played an important role in helping member hospital laboratories build their lab outreach programs.” —Jack Shaw, Executive Director, Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories CEO Summary: During the 1990s, hospital laboratories in Detroit, Michigan (1992), and Seattle, Washington (1996), banded together to form regional laboratory networks. …

From Modest Beginnings, Two Lab Networks Find Success Read More »

Integration of Clinical Care and the Lab Industry

DURING 2012, THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES will make measurable progress toward the goal of integrated clinical care. In my view, this will be a positive development for clinical laboratories, since it creates opportunities for labs to step up and add value to physicians, patients, and payers. There is a bubbling stew of …

Integration of Clinical Care and the Lab Industry Read More »

‘Salary Power’ Helps Lab Recruit and Train New MTs

CEO SUMMARY: It was back in 2002 when THE DARK REPORT highlighted the innovative use of MT and MLT long distance training by PeaceHealth Laboratories (formerly Oregon Medical Labs). Distance training is part of a comprehensive program to attract individuals in the community with two-year and four-year degrees and give them an “earn while they …

‘Salary Power’ Helps Lab Recruit and Train New MTs Read More »