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FDA Issues First Approval for At-Home COVID-19 Test to LabCorp’s Pixel; Other Clinical Laboratory-Developed At-Home Test Kits May Soon Be Available to General Public

Apr 29, 2020 | Instruments & EquipmentLaboratory Instruments & Laboratory EquipmentLaboratory Management and OperationsLaboratory NewsLaboratory Pathology

Though the potential is high for false positives and false negatives, some experts believe at-home COVID-19 testing still holds promise for slowing the spread of the coronavirus Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) is the first diagnostic test developer to receive approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market an at-home specimen collection kit for COVID-19. In an April 21 FDA news release, the federal agency announced it had “re-issued the emergency use authorization…

In New Hampshire, Cooperation Was Key to Handling Clinical Laboratory Testing Challenges Posed by the COVID-19 Outbreak

Apr 27, 2020 | Digital PathologyLaboratory Management and OperationsLaboratory NewsLaboratory OperationsLaboratory Pathology

Facing a backlog, the state’s public health laboratory turned to the medical laboratory at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Much of the attention surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak—the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus—has focused on large urban areas such as New York City and Los Angeles. However, the virus is impacting many rural areas as well. This is true in New Hampshire, where the diagnostic response required close cooperation between the state’s public health laboratory and…

Tech Companies Suggest Ways Location Tracking Could Help Health Authorities Fight the COVID-19 Coronavirus by Identifying People Who May Need Clinical Laboratory Testing

Apr 24, 2020 | Digital PathologyInstruments & EquipmentInternational Laboratory NewsLaboratory Instruments & Laboratory EquipmentLaboratory Management and OperationsLaboratory NewsLaboratory OperationsLaboratory PathologyLaboratory TestingManagement & Operations

Privacy concerns have one tech giant suggesting alternatives to sharing potentially identifiable location tracking data Expect an interesting debate on the use of location tracking as a way to manage this and future pandemics. It is a debate that has implications for clinical laboratories. After all, if location tracking identifies individuals who may have been exposed to an infectious disease, will health authorities want those individuals to be immediately tested? Location tracking has been…

Serological Antibody Tests a ‘Potential Game Changer’ and Next Phase in Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 That Give Clinical Laboratories an Essential Role

Apr 20, 2020 | Instruments & EquipmentInternational Laboratory NewsLaboratory Management and OperationsLaboratory NewsLaboratory OperationsLaboratory PathologyLaboratory TestingManagement & Operations

IVD Companies and medical laboratories are developing serological survey testing that will enable them to determine how widespread COVID-19 has become While medical laboratories gear up for testing to detect SARS-CoV-2—the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness—efforts also are underway for expanded use of serological tests that can detect whether an individual’s immune systems has developed antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as serological surveys that…

A Tale of Two Countries: As the US Ramps Up Medical Laboratory Tests for COVID-19, the United Kingdom Falls Short

Apr 17, 2020 | Laboratory Pathology

Media reports in the United Kingdom cite bad timing and centralization of public health laboratories as reasons the UK is struggling to meet testing goals Clinical pathologists and medical laboratories in UK and the US function within radically different healthcare systems. However, both countries faced similar problems deploying widespread diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. And the differences between America’s private healthcare system and the UK’s…

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