Issue: Volume VII No. 18 - December 25, 2000

Converting Business Intelligence Into Lab Profits

AS THE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION RINGS OUT THE YEAR 2000 and welcomes 2001, THE DARK REPORT will celebrate more than five years of service to the clinical laboratory industry and the pathology profession. It has certainly been an extraordinary five years for laboratories throughout the United States and the world. All segments of the …

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DARK REPORT Presents “White Paper” Summary Of Laboratory Industry

INTRODUCTION: To celebrate five eventful years of service to the laboratory industry and pathology profession, THE DARK REPORT is pleased to present its first “White Paper” on the laboratory industry. Our goal is help laboratories and their suppliers accurately identify relevant market dynamics and understand how and why these market forces will affect the stability …

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Business Premises Underlying Lab Industry Dynamics

This chapter addresses the characteristics of the laboratory industry which define the starting point for changes and ongoing evolution. The eight business premises listed in this White Paper describe unique situations which directly influence the ability of clinical laboratories to serve the medical community. The relevance of these business premises becomes apparent whenever a laboratory …

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Strategic Business Failures Of The Laboratory Industry During the 1990s

If analysis is to be accurate and objective, it must recognize and praise successful accomplishments while at the same time recognizing and criticizing failures. Human nature being what it is, however, criticism of failed business decisions is painful and bound to generate denials by the parties involved. One key element of a White Paper review …

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Competitive Dynamics In the Laboratory Testing Marketplace

This section of the White Paper deals with the marketplace for laboratory services. For brevity and clarity, I will address five components: 1) independent commercial laboratories; 2) hospital-based laboratories; 3) esoteric, reference, and specialty testing laboratories; 4) anatomic pathology lab- oratories; and 5) diagnostics manufacturers and suppliers. These groups represent the basic divisions within the …

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