Issue: Volume IV No. 1 - January 6, 1997

1997’s Most Interesting Laboratory Innovators

CEO SUMMARY: During the next year, the clinical laboratory industry faces some of its toughest business challenges in history. Here are eight individuals who possess a unique combination of spirit and grit and seek to transform their laboratory organizations into winners. EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE are to be found within the clinical laboratory industry. However, because of …

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Lab Services In Canada Undergo Radical Changes

CEO SUMMARY: Canada’s single-payer healthcare system is undergoing transformation. Rising costs now compel individual provinces to re-engineer their existing healthcare arrangements. In Alberta, commercial laboratories were forced to merge and cooperate with hospital-based laboratories. UPHEAVALS WITHIN CANADA’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM radically transforming laboratories. This is particularly true of Alberta, where the province brought both hospital and …

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Alberta Lab Regionalization Teaches Four Important Lessons

CEO SUMMARY: When the Province of Alberta sliced more than 30% from the healthcare budget in less than two years, it was borrowing a trick from high performance turnaround experts. Laboratory executives in the United States can use these same management principles in their own laboratory. REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS result from setting ambitious goals. In a …

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Three National Laboratories Begin 1997 With Challenges

CEO SUMMARY: Expect a number of surprises during 1997. The three national laboratories face unique challenges and must operate with unequal resources. By year’s end, the marketplace for commercial laboratory services will be quite different. However, picking the winners will not be easy. FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS will not be announced for some time. However, Wall …

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“January 6, 1997 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Interesting bedfellows have come together in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (formerly Corning Clinical Laboratories) announced an agreement to “explore joint ventures in laboratory testing, medical informatics and molecular diagnostics research.” This is early evidence that Quest seeks to diversify away from routine testing services. MORE ON: QUEST …

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