Issue: Volume XII No. 7 - May 9, 2005

International Tempest in Lab Industry Teapot

MAYBE ALL OF US IN THE LABORATORY PROFESSION GOT A GOOD LESSON in the deficiencies of the national and international media during the past month. I am referring to the screaming headlines last month about how four laboratory proficiency testing (PT) programs sent 4,000 laboratories virology PT kits with live H2N2 influenza virus. (See pages …

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“Coming Out” Party In Atlanta for IQLM

CEO SUMMARY: It was like a debutante ball for the fledgling Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine (IQLM). Over three days, thought leaders in healthcare and laboratory testing tackled the issue of how laboratory medicine can improve patient safety and contribute to higher-quality health outcomes. Key themes emerged with the potential to impact all laboratories …

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JCAHO, NQF CEOs Speak to Lab’s Future Role

CEO SUMMARY: What an opportunity! On the same podium were the presidents of both the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Quality Forum (NQF), specifically to speak about laboratory medicine’s role in the evolution of the nation’s healthcare system. Their opinions and predictions provide useful clues to what lies ahead …

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Horizon and Caremark Rx Put $3 Mil into E-Prescribing

IT’S A $3 MILLION BET on the value of electronic prescribing by physicians. Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey and Caremark Rx are teaming up to subsidize the cost to convert 700 physicians onto electronic prescription systems. The $3 million subsidy will cover the cost to provide a PDA (personal digital assistant), a printer, …

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Ramifications From The “H2N2 Virus Affair”

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s the story, with new details, about how a patient sample, cross-contaminated with a “deadly” strain of influenza virus from a proficiency test kit, triggered alarm bells at the highest levels of public health in Canada, the United States, and the World Health Organization. It’s story that has few heroes and reveals the …

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“May 9, 2005 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Tight-lipped executives at Meridian Bioscience, Inc. have yet to speak in public on any aspect of how live H2N2 influenza virus found its way into the virology proficiency test kits it shipped to thousands of labs on behalf of four lab proficiency testing organizations. Meridian, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, may be reluctant to speak publicly …

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