ACROSS THE NATION, the hundreds of pathology groups and clinical labs that use McKesson Technology Solutions for their billing and collections, along with labs that use the Advanced Diagnostics Solutions group, should pay attention to a major corporate deal announced June 28.
On June 28, McKesson Corporation of New York and Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon) of
CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, hospital administrators are recogniz- ing that effective lab test utilization is a critical factor in a lab’s success. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, clinical pathologists, clinical chemists, and labora- tory genetic counselors are using an innovative utilization management pro- gram to ensure the appropriate use of genetic and molecular tests. They also formed Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services. In two years, PLUGS has gained 32 members, including seven hospital labs serving adults. Interest in utilization management is driven by a desire to decrease test order- ing errors and to control the cost of send-out tests.
CEO Summary: Pathologists at Ottawa Hospital not only must handle a large volume of specimens regularly, but are experiencing a 14% per year growth in the number of specimens. Last year, when the average turnaround time for a case was nine days, the pathology department embarked on a series of Lean and process improvement projects.
CEO SUMMARY: An accountable care organization with a strong clinical laboratory component is taking shape in Nebraska. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has developed a partnership with the Nebraska Methodist Health System to form an ACO called the Accountable Care Alliance. It will serve Nebraska and perhaps other parts of the Midwest. Both the
CEO SUMMARY: Moving to deliver services as an accountable care organization (ACO), Genesis Health System of Davenport, Iowa, has acquired the laboratory assets in two hospitals previously operated by Metropolitan Medical Laboratory, PLC, a lab company owned by local pathologists. Genesis aims to improve data integration to support CPOE. It also plans to pursue cost
FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN HOW the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in a community causes a realignment among providers and the clinical laboratories serving them, I offer you the example of Genesis Health System in Davenport, Iowa.
As you will read in this article, this five-hospital health system has just acquired the clinical
CEO SUMMARY: Is the classic laboratory information system (LIS) morphing into a different information technology product? That’s the observation of one laboratory IT expert, who says that “best of breed” LIS products are becoming productivity tools that support improved clinical performance and give lab managers the comprehensive, real time information they need to closely manage
CEO SUMMARY: With sustained pressure on laboratories to cut costs, reduce errors, and raise quality, lab managers need faster access to detailed information about lab work processes. One solution is to use middleware to collect data in real time from the LIS and other sources, then analyze it to identify problems and opportunities for improvement.
“Even as more laboratories begin to use middleware, the number of functions and uses for middleware continues to increase
—Gregory R Vail, CEO, Data Innovations, Inc.
CEO SUMMARY: Middleware is attracting attention throughout the laboratory industry. It describes the software applications that bridge instruments and the LIS, or sit on top of the LIS to perform specific