Tag: healthcare information technology

September 13, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing a method that might make it possible to diagnose and treat cancer through the use of special microneedles they developed. NCSU researchers use the microneedles to deliver nanoscale dyes based on quantum dots to locations under the skin. “Our findings are significant, in part, because this technology

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Lab Industry Would Be Smart To Issue EMR Report Card

Guest Opinion by:
Pat Wolfram

Editor’s Note: For almost 20 years, Pat Wolfram has worked to develop electronic medical record systems at companies like MedicaLogic and GE Healthcare. His firm specializes in developing effective electronic interfaces that allow a physician’s EMR system to handle lab test orders and lab test results with that physician’s clinical laboratory provider.

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EMR Donations, Client Bill Issues in Anatomic Path

CEO SUMMARY: In today’s market for anatomic pathology services, local pathology practices are facing tough competition from national pathology companies that are quite aggressive at using EHR donations and discounted client bill arrangements to win new clients. Attorney Jane Pine Wood of McDonald Hopkins identifies federal safe harbor requirements governing EHR donations involving laboratories and

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Xerox, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard Each Buy Into IT Outsourcing Market

IN RECENT WEEKS, TWO BIG PLAYERS spent billions to buy seats at the healthcare information technology (IT) table. Just one week apart, Xerox Corporation and Dell, Inc., acquired Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., and Perot Systems Corp., respectively.

This rash of transactions is noteworthy for several reasons. One, it continues a trend of consolidation within the IT

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Medicare Pays Doctors To Switch to E-Prescribing

CEO SUMMARY: It’s a major step on the road to integration of healthcare informatics. During the next few years, the Medicare program is offering financial incentives to encourage office-based physicians to adopt e-prescribing. This is a positive development for local laboratories and hospital lab outreach programs. Early-adopter labs are already taking steps to enable e-prescribing

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Emerging Global Trends in How Labs Are Using “Distributed Computing”

“In several different countries, laboratories already use
‘distributed computing’, in the form of a single LIS data center that provides informatics services to as many as 25 laboratories in a region. The trend is to increase interoperability and portability of the information for better patient care.”
—Jacques Baudin Executive Vice President, Technidata America Medical Software
CEO SUMMARY: In

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Why Labs Will Increase their Use of Middleware and Informatics

“Across the globe, laboratories face similar and
significant challenges in how they use information technology and middleware to solve problems.”
—Jacques Baudin, Executive Vice President, Technidata America Medical Software
CEO SUMMARY: Middleware seems to be all the rage across the laboratory industry these days. Many lab organizations now use software provided by multiple vendors. One of the newest

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