CEO SUMMARY: For two years, clinical lab professionals at WakeMed Health and Hospitals have tested the use of aerial drones to transport patient specimens from a physicians’ office satellite lab/draw station to the WakeMed Medical Center’s central lab. Late last month, they completed the first successful revenue-generating commercial transport of lab supplies by drone in
CEO SUMMARY: A disruptive force that involves precision medicine, pharmaceutical companies, and venture capital investors is poised to reshape the clinical laboratory industry. Genetic knowledge makes it possible to match cancer drugs to specific mutations. Pharma companies and professional investors recognize that control of diagnostic technologies and companion diagnostic tests enable them to gain better access
CEO SUMMARY: Miraca Life Sciences amended its merger agreement with Avista Capital Partners after the lab lost value in the two months since the agreement was signed in September. Factors precipitating the revision were a significant decline in reimbursement rates, stiff competition from physician-office labs (POLs), and a loss of specimen volume to POLs and
NEWS STORIES ABOUT TWO DIFFERENT FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWER CASES against lab companies provide a reminder that managers of every clinical laboratory and pathology group must be vigilant about compliance, because potential whistleblowers can emerge from the unlikeliest of places.
The first example involves Piedmont Pathology in Hickory, N.C. In May, it agreed to pay the federal government
CEO SUMMARY: A 22-physician pathology group in Tampa has complied with rules for lab test ordering that UnitedHealthcare and BeaconLBS established, yet has experienced a steep decline in the volume of specimens it receives. Physicians told the pathologists that other labs were not using the BeaconLBS system or were not asking their clients to use
CEO SUMMARY: Once again, entrepreneur and pathologist David G. Bostwick, MD, is starting up a new lab company. Granger Diagnostics is now open and is located in North Chesterfield, Virginia. It is designed to be an anatomic, clinical, and molecular pathology reference laboratory. In an exclusive interview, Bostwick identified three substantial changes that have happened
To advance the practice of precision medicine through better use of genetic testing, a new limited liability corporation (LLC) was formed. Participating in the LLC are North Shore-LIJ Health System, the nation’s largest urban health system, OPKO Health, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and GeneDx, a division of Bio-Reference Laboratories (both lab businesses are owned by OPKO).
CEO SUMMARY: There is a new buyer for lab test data, creating an opportunity for labs to build a new revenue stream. Medivo, Inc., of New York, describes itself as a healthcare data analytics company whose mission is to unlock the power of lab data to improve health. It works with clinical labs and pathology
IN THE 2000S, DIGITAL PATHOLOGY WAS THE HOT NEW TECHNOLOGY that held great potential to transform anatomic pathology in myriad ways, not the least of which was an essential tool to streamline pathologist workflow while supporting greater diagnostic precision.
Yet today, approximately 10 years later, those high hopes for the digital pathology market have not come