Issue: Volume XI No. 2 - February 2, 2004

When Laboratory Vendors Go Bankrupt

BANKRUPTCY AMONG VENDORS AND SUPPLIERS in the laboratory industry is an uncommon event. Since it is so rare, that is one less issue about which laboratory directors and pathologists must worry. However, occasionally there are reminders that it is good management practice to track the financial stability of your laboratory’s primary vendors and suppliers. One such …

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LAB-Interlink Hangs On Despite Financial Woes

CEO SUMMARY: It’s an uphill struggle at LAB-Interlink, based in Omaha, Nebraska. Short of funds, staffed with only a few employees, and urgently seeking capital, the company has so far managed to avoid filing for protection under bankruptcy laws. It is an unwelcome turn of events, since, in past years, LAB-Interlink was considered one of …

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LAB-Interlink Clients Experience Highs & Lows

CEO SUMMARY: It was right before Thanksgiving weekend when LAB-Interlink laid off most of its staff and was left with a skeleton crew. Since that date, at least one major laboratory customer was unable to get needed service and parts, causing a total shutdown of its automated line. However, other customers of LAB-Interlink report no …

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Free of IMPATH, Tamtron Ready For A New Future

CEO SUMMARY: Tamtron’s fortunes look much brighter with its acquisition by IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc., a healthcare information vendor with existing products for radiation oncology, medical oncology, and urology. IMPAC’s strategy is to create a “total solution” for oncology. That means Tamtron’s anatomic pathology information system is expected to play a major role in IMPAC’s …

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Web Lab Test Ordering Market Is Increasing

CEO SUMMARY: In recent years, the market for browser-based laboratory test ordering and results reporting systems has grown at a steady rate. Second and third generation products are more robust, offer more features, and are easier to install and operate. To date, smaller start-up companies are capturing more sales than the big healthcare IT corporations, …

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More Firms Now Offer Web Lab Info Products

CEO SUMMARY: Since our last vendor directory in winter 2001, the number of companies selling browser-based systems for laboratory testing ordering and results reporting has doubled! That’s a sign that laboratories recognize the need to have an Internet strategy and are taking steps to deploy these types of Web-based services for their physicians. IT’S BEEN …

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“February 2, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Changes are afoot in the national market for anatomic pathology services. At AmeriPath, Inc., the search is on for a new CEO. Current Chairman and CEO, James C. New retired, effective February 1. The company has commenced the search for a new CEO. New had been with AmeriPath since its earliest days. Meanwhile, over in …

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