Issue: Volume XVI No. 11 - August 10, 2009

Getting Vitamin D Right for the Doctor and Patient

MOST OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR with how W. Edwards Deming and Japanese manufacturers demonstrated the power of understanding customer expectations and organizing one’s business to deliver products and services which meet and exceed those expectations. For the past four decades, one thing that many of the world’s most successful organizations have in common is an …

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Plain Talk about Current “Health Reform” Effort

CEO SUMMARY: It appears that a determined effort to reshape and restructure the entire American healthcare system is unfolding in Congress. Missing in public discourse about this vital topic is informed, intelligent discussion about the types of alternative healthcare delivery models and options that might successfully address problems in the current U.S. healthcare system, without …

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Using Lean at Henry Ford Transforms Pathology TAT

CEO SUMMARY: Long-standing work flow traditions in anatomic pathology provide fertile ground for improvement with Lean and similar process improvement methods. That was the case at Henry Ford Health System, where empowered teams in the pathology laboratory employed the principles of single-piece/small batch work flow, “pull”, and standard work. The outcomes were reduced defects, improved …

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Our Editor Gets His Vitamin D Test Results From 9 Different Labs

CEO Summary: Editor-In-Chief Robert L. Michel gave blood for the cause and it’s another laboratory industry first! To understand what doctors and patients see as national labs use different methodologies and reference ranges to report Vitamin 25(OH) D results, his blood was tested 24 times by nine laboratories. The results were unveiled at the Executive …

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New Lab Player Launches In Breast Cancer Market

CEO SUMMARY: Having opened its CLIA-licensed laboratory in Huntington Beach, California, Agendia, Inc., becomes the newest competitor to enter the market for breast cancer testing. Its proprietary assay looks at 70 genes to assess the risk of recurrence. The company expects to collaborate with local pathologists, as its test requires fresh tissue and can provide …

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August 10, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Last week, the pathology profession got a new professional group. It is the Digital Pathology Association (DPA) and it was formed by several companies offering digital pathology systems and services. DPA’s founders say it will support digital pathology education initiatives, define best practices, and will seek to influence standards and interfaces in digital pathology systems. …

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