Issue: Volume XXIX, No. 17 - December 12, 2022

The Dark Report Announces Top 10 Clinical Laboratory Stories of 2022

There are valuable insights to be gleaned from The Dark Report’s “Top 10 Clinical Laboratory Stories for 2022.” Several of this year’s story picks involve external forces reshaping healthcare in the United States in profound ways. Other story picks for 2022 illustrate the most difficult challenges confronting clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. For the …

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Two Positive Messages to Focus on at Year’s End

Clinical laboratory managers and anatomic pathologists are winding down another tumultuous year for the healthcare industry. It was a year marked by unexpected twists and turns.  It was also a year marked by two positive developments for labs. First, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic seems to have peaked, even as new variants appear. Second, labs continue to …

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2022’s Top 10 Lab Stories Confirm Challenging Times

CEO SUMMARY: There are valuable insights to be gleaned from The Dark Report’s “Top 10 Lab Industry Stories for 2022.” Several of this year’s story picks involve external forces reshaping healthcare in the United States in profound ways. Other story picks for 2022 illustrate the most difficult challenges confronting clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. …

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Holmes, Balwani Get Lengthy Prison Terms for Theranos Fraud

SENTENCING OF ELIZABETH HOLMES AND RAMESH “SUNNY” BALWANI in federal court caps the strange, yet captivating, saga of Theranos and its flawed blood testing technology. For laboratory professionals, the four years of legal wranglings that surrounded the Theranos fraud case may be remembered for shining a spotlight on the responsibilities of laboratory directors under the …

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Analytics Lets Labs Offset Staffing Woes

CEO SUMMARY: For hospital laboratories confronting worker shortages, data analytics can be useful for improving workflows and determining effective staffing levels. This information can also induce changes that may improve employee morale. Two experts discuss three analytics reports that should be available for clinical lab managers juggling staffing concerns.  AS HOSPITAL LABORATORIES STRUGGLE WITH WORKFORCE …

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Top Public IVD Companies Report Q3/Q4 2022 Earnings

IT WAS A MIXED BAG OF THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS for the nation’s largest in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers, with COVID-19 testing volume a contributing factor.  Fluctuating demand for SARS-CoV-2 testing proved perplexing, as some IVD companies saw an increase in sales of these tests, while some IVD firms reported a nosedive in related test …

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December 12, 2022, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Is it time to allow consumers to do at-home testing for influenza? Given the already-raging influenza season—flu-related hospitalizations doubled the week of Nov. 20 compared to a week earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—the STAT medical news site raised an interesting question about why at-home flu tests were not available. That …

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