Spectra Laboratories, a division of the national dialysis company Fresenius Medical Care, will soon open a new 200,000 square foot laboratory facility in Memphis. The new lab will employ more than 300 people and will be located only 15 minutes from the Memphis International Airport and the Memphis world hub operated by FedEx Corporation. The
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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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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.
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
CEO SUMMARY: Only about 180,000 U.S. physicians have adopted electronic medical record (EMR) systems over the past 14 years—mostly in larger medical groups. Now experts believe as many as 60,000 physicians per year will begin to adopt EMRs because of new federal incentives funded by the stimulus bill passed early last year. This is a
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
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
CEO SUMMARY: Doctors are responding to news that up to $20 billion in federal funding is now available to help pay for their adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Demand for EMRs is expected to increase three-fold in the coming years. That means clinical labs and pathology groups must step up their EMR interface
CEO SUMMARY: At a national EMR users meeting, physicians indicated a growing interest in having their EMRs do more than electronically accept lab test results. On the want list are direct electronic ordering of lab tests and automatic matching of lab test orders and lab test results. Physicians are rapidly learning how to use EMRs
“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