Issue: Volume XIX No. - October 8, 2012

IOM Endorses Continuous Improvement, Lean

IT IS ONE OF THE IRONIES OF HEALTHCARE that it has taken the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) more than three decades to fully recognize the necessary and essential role that continuous improvement and the associated disciplines of Lean, Six Sigma, and process improvement must play if the American healthcare system is to meet the …

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Process Improvement Coming to Healthcare

CEO SUMMARY: One new byword coming to healthcare in the United States is the “continuously-learning healthcare system.” At the upcoming Lab Quality Confab in San Antonio next month, lab managers and pathologists can learn more about how to achieve and sustain continuous improvement in their laboratory organization. Pathologists and lab managers who have been active …

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More IVD Consolidation as Danaher Acquires Iris

CEO SUMMARY: Danaher Corporation continues to fuel growth by continually acquiring in vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies. Its latest purchase is Iris International, which manufactures automated urine microscopy systems. Danaher also has $5 billion available that it could spend in the next two years on acquisitions. Because of its acquisitions over the past decade, Danaher now …

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CDC Surveys Docs’ Use of Laboratory Test Results

CEO SUMMARY: There’s a treasure trove of information and insights about how physicians use clinical laboratory tests contained in survey data recently collected by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Designed to identify challenges in how physicians utilize laboratory tests, the survey findings offer a road map about how innovative clinical …

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Unprecedented Growth Rates for Molecular Testing

CEO SUMMARY: There will be an expanding role for innovative clinical labs as healthcare moves forward on its path toward personalized medicine. However, to capitalize on this opportunity, pathology groups and clinical labs will need to beef up their information systems. They will also need to recruit lab staff who are skilled in interpreting molecular …

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Ampersand Buys Calloway Labs, Enters Pain Management Market

URINE DRUG TESTING for pain management may be a challenging business for clinical labs given that compliance officers in the states and in the federal government have successfully pursued lab compliance abuses in this line of business in recent years. Now comes news that private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is to …

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October 8, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Definiens AG, one of the major players in the fast-growing market for digital pathology, raised $12.8 million in additional capital funding. The company, based in Munich, Germany, manufacturers systems for digital image analysis. Definiens stated that the new funds will be used for “commercial expansion of its current business and to develop and commercialize innovative …

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