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September 23, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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 Intern…

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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 u…

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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 physi…

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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 Pi…

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Predict 60,000 Doctors To Adopt EMRs Each Year

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 incenti…

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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….

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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 laboratori…

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Warning: Three-Fold Rise In EMR Adoption Predicted

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 p…

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Docs Want EMRs to Match Lab Orders and Results

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. Phys…

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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 i…

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