Throughout the profession of laboratory medicine, concern is surfacing following publication of a proposed rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would expand the authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to supervise and perform laboratory testing. This rule would expand APRNs’ authority, currently limited to ordering and interpreting lab tests. In an
Life insurers are adopting healthcare big data as part of their underwriting process and clinical laboratory test data has an important role. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated participates in this business line. Huffington Post recently published a story on this topic and identified companies that life insurers use to access data about prescription drug histories and lab
CEO SUMMARY: When the New York State Department of Health closed the laboratory at 173-bed Peninsula Hospital Center in New York City on February 23, it became national news. State inspectors issued a nine-page list of deficiencies in the lab, including problems that could affect patient safety. The result of the order was that all
THERMO FISHER BUYS INTRINSIC BIOPROBES, CONTINUES BUYING SPREE
IT’S ANOTHER ACQUISITION FOR Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., of Waltham, Massachusetts. It purchased Intrinsic Bioprobes, Inc., of Rochester, New York, earlier this month.
A manufacturer of immuno-enrichment and sample-preparation tools for quantitative mass spectrometry, Intrinsic Bioprobes’ products will allow Thermo Fisher to offer improved quantitative protein biomarker detection, the
CEO SUMMARY: Each year since its launch in 2001, the ASCLS Consumer Response Team serves increasing numbers of patients and physicians. Clinical Laboratory Scientist volunteers from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science provide answers and help patients understand the meaning of their lab test results. After sending a question by e-mail, these patients get
CEO SUMMARY: In convening the 2007 Institute “Managing for Better Health,” in Atlanta last week, the Division of Laboratory Systems of the CDC invited a broad spectrum of healthcare experts and policymakers to participate. The ambitious goal was to facilitate discussions involving stakeholders such as employers, payers, policymakers, clinicians, and others to identify ways that