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COVID-19 Rapid Testing

A rapid diagnostic test (RDT) is a medical diagnostic test that is quick and easy to perform. RDTs are suitable for preliminary or emergency medical screening and for use in medical facilities with limited resources. They also allow point-of-care testing in primary care for things that formerly only a laboratory test could measure. They provide same-day results within 2 hours, typically in approximately 20 minutes.

Simple/Rapid tests are designed for use where a preliminary screening test result is required and are especially useful in resource-limited countries.

Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) most often use a dipstick or cassette format, and provide results in about 20 minutes. A blood specimen collected from the patient is applied to a sample pad on the test card along with certain reagents.

UK Postpones Mass COVID Testing Plan Due to Questions of Accuracy

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, A MASS COVID-19 TESTING PLAN called “Operation Moonshot” is on hold until at least the end of January. Under the plan, health ministers sought to increase daily SARS-CoV-2 testing from 430,000 to 10 million Englanders per day.  …

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Memphis Path Lab Pivots to COVID, Pooled Testing

CEO SUMMARY: When routine testing volume declined sharply last winter and spring, one of the nation’s largest anatomic pathology groups added testing for COVID-19 and boosted revenue significantly. Since then, the laboratory has become the first in the nation to gain an Emergency …

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NorDx Lab Started to Prepare for COVID-19 Testing in 2019

CEO SUMMARY: In a remarkable example of prescience, informed by decades-long experience in clinical lab testing and past epidemics, the president of NorDx Laboratories in Maine saw the December news accounts of a widespread outbreak of a new respiratory disease in China. He warned h…

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Pooled COVID Testing a Success for New York Hospital Lab

This is an excerpt of a 1,552-word article in the November 16, 2020 issue of THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Pooled COVID testing helps the clinical lab staff at the hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., do …

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NY Hospital Lab Succeeds with Pooled COVID-19 Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Pooled testing helps the clinical lab staff at the hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., do more COVID-19 tests when supplies might otherwise run short. Lab managers estimate this method has saved 5,000 test cartridges since May. Pooled testing also helps the physician st…

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IVD Firms Report Robust Growth In Third Quarter Financial Reports

FOR THE BIGGER IN VITRO (IVD) COMPANIES, the third quarter (Q3) ending Sept. 30 was a time when diagnostic sales rose—molecular testing is skyrocketing, actually—while other corporate divisions continued to lag amid the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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November 16, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

It appears that the onset of the influenza season in North America is bringing with it a sizeable increase in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases. In the second week of November, the United States saw daily new cases push towards 200,000—which is more than double the mid-July peak of about 70,00…

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$481 Mil Federal COVID Contract Awarded to Young IVD Company

IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE PANDEMIC, federal officials are boosting the fortunes of some little-known or emerging in vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies. One example is the recent award of a $481 million  COVID-19 test contract to Cue Health Inc., of San Diego. Earlie…

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DOJ $6B Fraud Crackdown Charges 345 Defendants

CEO SUMMARY: Department of Justice cases involving clinical labs or molecular test claims may represent about half (or about $3 billion) of the total fraudulent claims. Those claims stem from genetic testing, urine-drug and other tests, and healthcare services, the DOJ said. In additi…

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High-Complexity Mobile Labs for COVID-19 Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Demand for high-complexity mobile coronavirus testing facilities is high, according to the CEO of a start-up company building 25 clinical labs in mobile trailers that can do hundreds of tests per eight-hour day. Employers, schools, event organizers, and other entities all…

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