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COVID-19 pandemic

Coming Soon: a Different Clinical Lab Industry

“Keep your eye on the ball” is an idiom that originated with baseball. The idea is that every player on the field should, at all times, know where the ball is so that they can be ready to do their job when the ball comes their way. This is excellent advice for clinical lab administrators and…

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Understanding COVID-19’s Changes to Lab Industry

CEO SUMMARY: With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic about to enter its eighth month in the United States, it remains difficult to predict whether the pandemic will strengthen with the fall influenza season or steadily diminish. What is clear to most pathologists and clinical laboratory executiv…

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New York Firm to Build CLIA Labs in Shipping Containers

CEO SUMMARY: In many respects, the COVID-19 pandemic is like a gold rush for entrepreneurs. Federal and state governments, colleges, employers, school districts, and other entities need COVID-19 tests and tens of billions of dollars are available to pay for such tests. This modern gol…

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Covid-19 Pandemic May Be Creating New IVD Winners and Losers

WITH THE PANDEMIC NOW IN ITS NINTH MONTH, in vitro diagnostics (IVD) company executives and industry consultants recognize the market for clinical laboratory instruments, tests, and products is changing in fundamental ways. “Evidence accumulates that the pandemic is helping create …

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Labs Adjust to COVID-19 as a Regular Part of Care

ONE INTERESTING NEW DEVELOPMENT NOT REPORTED MUCH BY THE NATIONAL MEDIA is that the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has declined steadily in the past month. It is too early to understand the implications of this development, but clinical lab administrators and pathologists…

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Specimen Volume Returns at Dallas-based ProPath

CEO SUMMARY: Like other physician specialties, anatomic pathology saw a dramatic collapse in the number of daily procedures with a corresponding decline in cash flow as the COVID-19 pandemic hit with full force in March, April, and May. The good news is that the daily volume of tissue…

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Quest Reports 46% Decline in New Cancer Diagnoses in March

ONCE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS WERE ENACTED IN MARCH because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new diagnoses of cancer declined sharply in the United States. Newly-published data confirms this fact. The data also support the warnings of anatomic pathologists that—because of the pandemi…

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