Issue: Volume XV No. 9 - July 7, 2008

Era of Digital Pathology Steadily Approaches

IMMEDIATELY AFTER GENERAL ELECTRIC ANNOUNCED its partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) on June 5 to develop a fully integrated digital pathology system, we took a closer look at how some pioneering pathologists are using digital imaging systems in their daily clinical practice. What we found is that the technology is fairly …

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NY & Calif. Act to Stop Web Gene Testing Firms

CEO SUMMARY: Events in the past month indicate that a war is developing between Internet-based companies offering genetic tests to consumers and state and federal health regulators. New York state authorities have sent letters to at least 31 such companies in recent months. Then, on June 9, the California Department of Health sent cease-and-desist letters …

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Growth of Medical Tourism May Become Political Issue

HERE’S AN UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIP that is a sign of the healthcare times. The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) recently announced that they will work together to facilitate medical-related travel into Latin America. The goal of this partnership is to promote medical tourism. IHG is one of the world’s largest hotel …

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HealthPartners Promotes Same-Day Lab Test Results

CEO SUMMARY: Patient focus groups told HealthPartners that they had anxiety as they waited days for lab test results. That encouraged HealthPartners to redesign workflows in its pathology department. Once it could deliver same-day lab test results electronically, HealthPartners launched a unique marketing campaign to educate consumers about this benefit in early May. Already, HealthPartners …

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Toronto Pathologists Use Whole-Slide Imaging

CEO SUMMARY: It was the “frozen section problem” and productivity issues that led pathologists at the three-hospital University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto to implement a fully-digital pathology system with whole-slide imaging in 2006. Use of digital, whole-slide images makes it faster to report results to the surgeon, while making it easier to involve colleagues …

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Is Digital Path Imaging Ready for Prime Time?

CEO SUMMARY: Digital pathology imaging systems are finding uses in all phases of drug discovery (discovery, pre-clinical, clinical trials), as well as education, research, and clinical. One hurdle to widespread adoption of fully digitized, whole-slide pathology imaging systems is FDA clearance that allows the use of this technology for primary diagnosis. Executives at two of …

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July 7, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

GI Pathology, PLLC, of Memphis, Tennessee, announced that it has contracted to be a national gastrointestinal (GI) pathology laboratory provider with CIGNA HealthCare of Hartford, Connecticut. It also has a five year, national provider contract with UnitedHeathCare. SPENDING CUTS ADVERSELY AFFECT CANADIAN LABS Widely-publicized errors in pathology services have caught the attention of the Canadian …

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