Tag: hospital laboratory services

January 26, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking News

Interesting things are happening in the commercial clinical lab testing market internationally. In New Zealand, district health boards continue a decadeslong trend of squeezing commercial lab companies with the goal of reducing laboratory testing costs and eliminating redundancies. Currently the district health boards (DHBs) of Capital Coast, Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa—representing the the lower part of New Zealand’s north island—are evaluating proposals to consolidate all community and hospital laboratory services into one service entity.

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Across the Pond, Lots of Changes in Lab Testing

IN BOTH THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPE, plenty of change is unfolding in clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology testing. Our intrepid Editor-in-Chief, Robert L. Michel, spent last week in England attending our annual Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine conference, now in its eleventh year.

He came back with interesting information on developments in several European nations involving

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Competitive Dynamics In the Laboratory Testing Marketplace

This section of the White Paper deals with the marketplace for laboratory services. For brevity and clarity, I will address five components: 1) independent commercial laboratories; 2) hospital-based laboratories; 3) esoteric, reference, and specialty testing laboratories; 4) anatomic pathology lab- oratories; and 5) diagnostics manufacturers and suppliers.

These groups represent the basic divisions within the competitive

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New Automation Tools Ready for Clinical Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Evidence grows that workstation automation and modular automation can be cost-effective solutions in the clinical laboratory. But the newest generation of automation technology presents lab administrators with a new challenge. Financial analysis and workplace reengineering are now essential skills for success. Lab managers who fail to upgrade their capabilities will find themselves at

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Veterans Administration Network Restructures Using Partnering, Telepathology

CEO SUMMARY: Economic pressures are forcing even the traditional and staid Veterans Administration to extensively reconfigure its laboratory services. At this year’s Executive War College in New Orleans, participants learned how one eight-hospital VA region consolidated testing around two core labs, entered into a partnership with a commercial laboratory, and used telepathology to serve a

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