Add eight more laboratories to the list of lab companies whose patient data were breached when the American Medical Collection Agency was hacked. According to HealthITSecurity, in recent weeks, these labs reported breaches of their patient records:
American Esoteric Labs
South Texas Dermatopathology
Laboratory of Dermatopathology ADX
Another clinical laboratory company disclosed a major breach of its patients’ protected health information (PHI). On July 15, Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), a division of Sonic Healthcare, issued a press release and disclosed that it estimated as many as 2.2 million of its patients may have had their data exposed in a breach at Retrieval Masters
CEO SUMMARY: In its work for a federally qualified health center, Sonic Healthcare USA helped physicians use a data-driven approach to population health management that incorporated integrated financial and clinical analytics. Also, Sonic developed technologies that give ordering physicians clinical decision support and targeted patient engagement tools. It then developed a way to contact patients
PROBLEMS WITH CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING IN IRELAND continue to make headlines in the Irish newspapers and roil the Irish health system. Caught up in this story are two billion-dollar lab companies that performed cervical cancer screening under contract to the Irish Health Service.
THE DARK REPORT provided its first coverage of these developments in its previous
CEO SUMMARY: In Ireland, the big story in healthcare at the moment is the discovery that the nation’s cervical cancer screening program has failed hundreds of women who had pre-cancerous conditions or cervical cancer, but, as alleged in numerous court cases, their tests were inaccurate or the results not communicated to their physicians, or both.
Ireland is dealing with a cervical cancer screening scandal that reaches back to laboratories in the United States. In recent months, the Irish public has learned that more than 200 women wrongly got negative Pap test results over a multi-year period. Many of these women did not learn of the erroneous test results for years after
Molecular and genetic testing laboratories that use the Microsoft Excel software program for some of their homegrown informatics may be at risk of lab testing errors due to an auto-correct quirk in the Exel software. Modern Healthcare reported on how researchers in Australia looked at 3,600 genetics papers. They determined that use of Microsoft Excel was
Last week, a joint laboratory accreditation agreement was announced by AABB and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). The two associations will now collaborate to allow labs to obtain three assessments under one effort, including AABB accreditation, ISO 15189 accreditation, and CLIA requirements. In their statement about the benefits of the new arrangement, the
Definiens AG, one of the major players in the fast-growing market for digital pathology, raised $12.8 million in additional capital funding. The company, based in Munich, Germany, manufacturers systems for digital image analysis. Definiens stated that the new funds will be used for “commercial expansion of its current business and to develop and commercialize innovative
LABORATORY CONSOLIDATION continues in Australia with news that Sonic Healthcare Limited of Sydney, Australia, has agreed to acquire three clinical laboratory business units from competitor Healthscope, Ltd., of Melbourne, Australia.
The acquisition was announced on May 16. In three separate transactions, Sonic will pay A$100 million (US$99.4 million) for the Healthscope pathology operations in Queensland, Australian