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UnitedHealth’s Optum to Offer Lab Test Management

CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum announced a new laboratory benefits management program aimed at improving utilization of genetic/molecular clinical laboratory testing. The goal is to save health plans money while bringing genetic test validity data prominently into …

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Oracle’s Plans for Cerner Might Increase Value of Lab Test Data

ONE MAJOR INFORMATICS PLAYER HAS AMBITIOUS PLANS that could make diagnostic data more accessible and, at the same time, more valuable for clinical laboratories. Oracle, the new owner of Cerner Corporation, is telling financial analysts that it wants to create a national repository of h…

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Intermountain Health Merges with SCL Health

CEO SUMMARY: Mergers and acquisitions involving large integrated delivery networks (IDNs) are not only reshaping the nation’s hospital industry. These transactions also transform the way hospitals organize their clinical laboratories. Last month’s merger of Intermountain Health …

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‘Lab Workforce Crisis Takes Top Spot’–CAP Today

CEO SUMMARY: Just weeks ago, CAP Today characterized the current crisis in staffing clinical laboratories as going “from simmer to rolling boil.” Demand for medical technologists and other certified laboratory scientists far exceeds the supply. Consequently, many labs now…

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U.K.-based CliniSys Acquires Nashville-based ApolloLIMS

CONSOLIDATION IN THE CLINICAL LABORATORY INFORMATICS INDUSTRY took another step forward with the announcement that CliniSys (the parent of Sunquest Information Systems) was acquiring Nashville-based ApolloLIMS. This move may also further muddy the line between classic laborato…

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Amazon Sells COVID-19 Test Kit for At-Home Use by Consumers

QUIETLY AND WITHOUT MUCH ATTENTION, online retailing giant Amazon began to sell a COVID-19 molecular test to consumers for at-home testing. This is consistent with other actions Amazon has taken to generate revenue during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  …

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Lab Briefs: Roche, GenMark Diagnostics, Thermo Fisher, Mesa Biotech, ProPath

Roche to Acquire GenMark Diagnostics LAST MONTH, Roche and GenMark Diagnostics announced a definitive merger agreement for Roche to acquire GenMark in a transaction valued at $1.8 billion. …

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Critics Say New At-Home Test Is Expensive and Late to Market

ONCE AGAIN, THE COMBINATION of the pandemic and the federal government may be creating a credible new competitor in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry. This time, the lucky company is Ellume, which was just awarded $231.8 million from the Biden administration to s…

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Surprise! Many Fewer Cases of Flu in US, Canada, Europe

IN NORTH AMERICA, THE INFLUENZA SEASON IS NOW UNDERWAY.  But it is starting off much slower than in past years. What makes this significant is that the number of influenza cases as reported by Europe and countries in the southern hemisphere also has been much lower than in a typical year….

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State of California’s COVID Lab Producing Inconclusive Results

Inconclusive COVID-19 test results and delays in reporting results continue to plague the state of California’s brand new clinical laboratory, located in Valencia. That’s according to reports by several news outlets in the Golden State.  On Nov. 20, …

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