In Houston, news outlets report that MD Anderson Cancer Center was cited for serious deficiencies and the potential for patient harm, following inspections by officials from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services. After an adverse patient event involving transfusion services that occurred in December,
Articles by Robert Michel
Digital pathology is coming in a big way to two regions in two different nations. In the United Kingdom, it was announced on May 30 that the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation in the north of England signed a five-year contract with Sectra of Linköping, Sweden. Sectra is to deliver a “regional digital pathology solution” in
Canada faces a similar shortage of medical technologists (MTs) as exists in the United States. “We have reached the point now where some laboratories have been closed for weeks due to insufficient staffing, which is a cascading problem for patients and the healthcare system,” stated Maria Klement, President of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory
Pathologists and medical laboratory professionals the world over had a surprise on May 13 if they used Google for an Internet search. The doodle on the Google search home page honored pathologist Dr. Georgios Papanicolaou, who developed the Pap smear test used to screen for cervical cancer.
Papanicolaou was born in 1883 in Greece. He studied medicine in Greece and
CEO SUMMARY: There was an interesting consensus that emerged from the 80 sessions and 118 speakers at this year’s Executive War College in New Orleans earlier this month. The consensus centered around two themes. One theme is disruption, which is bad news for those labs that hope to maintain the status quo. The other theme
Investor interest in digital pathology (DP) and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze digital pathology images seems to be at a fever pitch recently. In the last three weeks, investors poured almost $85 million of capital into just three digital pathology companies, as noted below. This activity may be a sign that certain DP
BeaconLBS announced a collaboration with MagnaCare of Garden City, N.Y., last month. The press release issued by the two companies stated that MagnaCare would use the “BeaconLBS Physician Decision Support (PDS) solution with its network of physician and laboratory providers.” MagnaCare describes itself as a company serving “Taft-Hartley funds, TPAs, carriers, and worker’s compensation and no-fault
Because of a $25 million grant from philanthropist Denny Sanford, the Veterans Administration and Sanford Health will provide free genetic testing to 250,000 veterans by 2022. These will be pharmacogenomic (PGx) tests designed to help VA physicians prescribe medication and dosages customized to the unique characteristics of individual patients. This innovative program was announced on Mar.
Quest Diagnostics sold its clinical laboratory business in India last December, thus ending a 12-year effort to build a thriving business in that nation of 1.3 billion people. The buyer was Strand Life Sciences of Bengaluru, India. The transaction was announced in a press release issued by Quest Diagnostics and no purchase price was disclosed.
IN AN UPDATE TO A CASE REPORTED LAST YEAR, the investigation at the Arkansas Veterans Heath Care System of the Ozarks and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., now shows that as many as 12 veterans died as a result of this one pathologist’s errors, according to a report by Arkansas KFSM 5