CEO SUMMARY: Few independent pathology groups have developed robust laboratory consulting businesses. But adopting that strategy has brought important benefits to Delta Pathology Group, LLC, of Shreveport, Louisiana. Not only has providing lab consulting services to cash-strapped hospitals led to ongoing lab management contracts, but Delta’s consulting arm, called Pathology Resource Network, is gaining a
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CEO SUMMARY: Digital pathology is considered to be one of the more disruptive technologies now finding acceptance in anatomic pathology. Since founding Aperio Technologies, Inc., of Vista, California, in 1999, President Dirk G. Soenksen, M.S., M.B.A., has been in the forefront of this important trend. In part one of this two-part interview, Soenksen discussed the
THIS MONTH, THE NATION’S NEWEST “designed from scratch” clinical laboratory facility began operating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the central laboratory of Allina Hospitals & Clinics and its design is rooted in Lean and similar process improvement and workflow principles.
The $29 million new facility consolidates laboratories from 12 locations in five different Allina buildings into
CEO SUMMARY: It is predicted that use of digital pathology will create new care models in the profession of anatomic pathology. An early example of this trend can be found in Bellingham, Washington. Here, the 10 pathologists of Northwest Pathology are using a digital pathology system to provide frozen section and surgical pathology services to
WE ARE SWIFTLY APPROACHING THE DAY when community hospital-based pathologists will be able to serve hospitals and physicians located across state lines with the same ease that they serve hospitals and office-based physicians in their own cities and regions.
In the same vein, at least two major academic pathology groups in the United States have announced
CEO SUMMARY: Although the nation’s two largest laboratory companies have achieved a dominant managed care position, opportunities remain for regional labs to do more business with managed care plans. Two experts provide an update of managed care pricing trends for laboratory testing services. For independent labs and hospital lab outreach programs seeking to expand access
CEO SUMMARY: It was the “frozen section problem” and productivity issues that led pathologists at the three-hospital University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto to implement a fully-digital pathology system with whole-slide imaging in 2006. Use of digital, whole-slide images makes it faster to report results to the surgeon, while making it easier to involve colleagues
IMMEDIATELY AFTER GENERAL ELECTRIC ANNOUNCED its partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) on June 5 to develop a fully integrated digital pathology system, we took a closer look at how some pioneering pathologists are using digital imaging systems in their daily clinical practice.
What we found is that the technology is fairly well
CEO SUMMARY: Advances in computer hardware, software and support systems such as scanners are bringing the era of full pathology digitization closer to reality. Last week, in San Diego, California, an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred gathered to learn how laboratories, hospitals, and researchers are taking the first steps to digitize different areas of pathology
CEO SUMMARY: Anatomic pathology has been conducted the same way for 100 years—but no longer at the University of Miami. Pathologists there are using microwave technology to cut processing speed by 90% and improve workflow. By producing faster diagnoses, the lab can report results on 80% of samples the same day that specimens are received.