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May 29, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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 erroneo…

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May 7, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In Sebastopol, Calif., the financially-troubled Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC) dropped a controversial drugs-of-abuse testing program. The following month, without the revenue from the drug testing program, 37-bed SWMC lost $1.4 million. In 2017, the hospital entered into a pass-t…

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April 16, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Add Estonia to the growing list of nations that will now provide genetic information to its citizens. On March 20, the government rolled out an initiative that, in its first phase, will generate genetic information for 100,000 of its 1.3 million residents. This data will address an individual’s ge…

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March 26, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

On March 6, one of the lab industry’s long-serving executives and consultants, Jack Mattice, PhD, of Vancouver, Wash., died from flu complications. He was 77 years old. Mattice earned a PhD in medical microbiology from University of Oregon. Within a few years, he was handling mark…

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March 5, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

“More people took genetic ancestry tests last year than in all previous years combined,” declared Senior Editor Antonio Regalado in a story published on Feb. 18 by MIT Technology Review. He wrote that, just in 2017, the number of people who had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic g…

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February 12, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Because of the explosion in different payment systems, hospitals, physicians, and providers such as clinical laboratories are facing a new challenge: how to match a payment to a specific patient’s service. Modern Healthcare writer Tara Bannow reports that, “back when most patients paid …

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January 22, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In a first for Australia, a pathology lab was given authorization to use patient-collected cervical specimens from eligible women for cervical cancer screening purposes. VCS Pathology of Melbourne, Victoria, was given this authorization by Australia’s National Association o…

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January 2, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In Arizona, individuals and patients who paid for clinical laboratory tests performed by Theranos, Inc., are finally getting refunds. These payments are a result of a settlement between the Arizona Attorney General and Theranos. News accounts indicate that, over the time in 2013 thr…

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December 11, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

To deal with a shortage of surgical pathologists in the United Kingdom, the British National Health Service (NHS) is looking at solutions, such as deployment of digital pathology systems. According to a story in Pharma Times, the NHS is negotiating with Roche Diagnostics…

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November 20, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Last Friday, Roche announced an agreement to acquire Viewics, Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., in a transaction that, subject to regulatory clearance, is expected to close on Nov. 21. Viewics sells a middleware analytics solution to clinical labs. Terms of the sale were n…

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