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March 30, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Last Friday, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, members of the health systems’s authority board were given tours of the new $63.4 million clinical laboratory facility. It is scheduled to open on May 4 and will feature the latest state-of-the art analyzers and lab automation system…

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Achieving CLIA, ISO 15189 at Same Time with A2LA

CEO SUMMARY: An interesting milestone for the clinical lab industry is on the horizon. Physicians Choice Laboratory Services in South Carolina will soon become one of the first lab organizations in the United States to earn joint CLIA and ISO 15189 accreditations with the America…

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October 13, 2014 “Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News”

Quality management systems (QMS) have made inroads in some of the organizations that accredit clinical laboratories in the United States to the requirements of CLIA. Last month, COLA of Columbia, Maryland, acknowledged that it had recertified to the standards of ISO 9001: 2008. The r…

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CMS Gives Deemed Status to A2LA under CLIA Law

CEO SUMMARY: Quietly published in the March 25 issue of the Federal Register was a notice that CMS had granted deeming authority for CLIA to the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This action gives laboratories in the United States a new choice to meet the accredita…

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ISO 15189 Accreditation Earned by Spectra Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Spectra Laboratories Inc., recently announced that it had earned accreditation to the ISO 15189:2007 standard, following an assessment by a team from the Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Spectra is a high-volume laboratory that serves renal patients. …

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ISO 15189 Accreditation Requires Specific Steps For Global Recognition

CEO SUMMARY: This intelligence briefing is the third in an ongoing series about quality management systems (QMS) and their role in advancing the performance of clinical laboratories and improving the quality of the testing services they provide. ISO 15189 is a set of standards for medical…

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Explaining Certification Versus Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: Early signs are that the quality management systems (QMS) most likely to find favor with hospitals and clinical laboratories in the United States will be those that meet standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Many hospitals and clinic…

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There is Steady Convergence In Lab Operations Worldwide

IS THERE AN ACCELERATING CONVERGENCE OF LABORATORY OPERATIONS by major clinical laboratories throughout the world? In recent weeks, THE DARK REPORT has seen tantalizing evidence that the answer to this question should be “yes.” This trend has strategic implications for independent commercial lab…

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