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Three Labs Make Big Bets to Build Major New Facilities

EVEN AS SOME CLINICAL LABORATORY COMPANIES are closing or selling following the deep cuts in what Medicare pays for lab tests, three major lab organizations are building new, super-sized laboratory facilities. Those three companies are ARUP Laboratories, DaVita Labs…

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‘Salary Power’ Helps Lab Recruit and Train New MTs

CEO SUMMARY: It was back in 2002 when THE DARK REPORT highlighted the innovative use of MT and MLT long distance training by PeaceHealth Laboratories (formerly Oregon Medical Labs). Distance training is part of a comprehensive program to attract individuals in the community with two-year …

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Royal Free Hospital Is First Big British Lab Automation Project

CEO SUMMARY: To date, only a handful of total laboratory automation (TLA) projects have been implemented in Great Britain. One of those first TLA projects is at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, located in the northern suburbs of London. Design work started in 1998 and the first phase b…

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Commercial Lab JVs With Hospitals Are Declining In Number

CEO SUMMARY: There are many reasons why a properly-designed and well-managed laboratory test joint venture (JV) between a commercial lab company and a hospital should succeed. But no matter how strong such concepts look on paper, the real world has proven to be a harsh environment. A hand…

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Nation’s Anthrax Cases Bring Bioterror to Labs

CEO SUMMARY: America’s clinical laboratories are soon to be enlisted in the war against terrorism. Concerns about chemical and biological terrorist attacks have reached high levels following the death of a Florida man from pulmonary anthrax and the discovery of letters containing anthra…

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Wedding Between AutoCyte and NeoPath Will Spawn A Single Prep/Screen System

CEO SUMMARY: Various technologies that automate cytology and Pap smear screening entered the clinical marketplace during the last four years. Because managed healthcare views new technology with a more skeptical eye than fee-for-service healthcare, THE DARK REPORT has provided extensive a…

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Total Laboratory Automation: It’s “ DOA” In Today’s Market

CEO SUMMARY: Since 1994, thoughtful lab executives have wrestled with the concept of total automation for their laboratory. Despite concerted marketing efforts by some of the world’s most successful diagnostics manufacturers, only a handful of total laboratory automation (TLA) sites are…

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Las Vegas Lab Gathering Debates Industry Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Always a good forum for discussion of laboratory industry trends, this year’s meeting in Las Vegas addressed government regulation, laboratory automation and everything in between. Here is a brief rundown on some of the more interesting insights and observations….

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An Industrial Engineer Looks At Laboratory Automation And Robotics

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: Last fall, Mark Smythe’s four-part DARK REPORT series about the thirteen “Perilous Parallels” common to commercial laboratory managers provoked widespread response among our clients and readers. We’ve invited him back to address management issues involving…

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