Issue: Volume X No. 6 - May 5, 2003

Laboratory Medicine Goes Global

IN MY OPINION, THE ABILITY OF TWO ST. LOUIS HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE a sophisticated menu of reference testing for a developing nation located more than 12,000 miles away is remarkable. (See this article.) It provides compelling evidence that laboratory medicine is undergoing its own globalization process. Couple the accomplishment of Washington University Medical School and Barnes-Jewish …

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Eritrea Uses St. Louis For Reference Testing

CEO SUMMARY: On one level, it’s the classic story of volunteerism and help for a developing nation. But on another level, it’s a dramatic demonstration of how new technologies allow two hospital laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri to effectively provide reference laboratory tests and related services to Eritrea, a small country located 12,000 miles from …

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Beaumont Reference Labs Earns ISO-9000 for Outreach

MOTIVATED BY THE GOAL of improving all aspects of its laboratory outreach program, Beaumont Reference Laboratories (BRL) of Royal Oaks, Michigan recently earned its ISO-9000:2001 certification. “In the competitive market for lab testing, we wanted to raise the bar,” stated Joseph E. Skrisson, Director of Business Development and Operations at BRL. “We believed ISO-9000 was an …

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Nine Key Trends Are Shaping Nation’s Healthcare Informatics

CEO SUMMARY: During the 1990s, hospital spending on information technology was devoted primarily to acquiring upgraded versions of software systems for clinical services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology. That’s no longer true. As the following nine key trends in healthcare informatics demonstrate, hospitals, physicians, and other types of healthcare providers are moving aggressively to …

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SARS Contained in Toronto, Labs Still in Caution Mode

IN RECENT DAYS, public health officials in the Canadian province of Ontario have declared the SARS outbreak to be contained. As described in the last issue of THE DARK REPORT, the outbreak of SARS in Ontario had a significant operational impact on clinical laboratories in the province. (See TDR, April 14, 2003.) Both hospital labs …

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Specialty Laboratories, IMPATH, Roche, Abbott Laboratories, Celera Diagnostics

SPECIALTY LABORATORIES RESTORING STABILITY IN SPECIMEN VOLUME IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT COMPETITORS of Specialty Laboratories, Inc. have been willing to spread a variety of rumors about the laboratory company, given its well-publicized troubles with government regulators last year. Notwithstanding these rumors, the reality at Specialty Labs is quite different. On April 24, the company, based …

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“May 5, 2003 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

There are rumors coming from the West Coast that government laboratory regulators are targeting at least one laboratory company for some significant violations. Because allegations of compliance violations by the government can severely damage a lab company’s reputation, there is a tight lid on information by all parties privy to this story. ADD TO: Lab …

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