CEO SUMMARY: Within THE DARK REPORT’S list of the Top 10 Lab Industry Stories for 2016 is one story of disruption that might have been one story of disruption about to happen. The disintegration of Theranos during 2016 is the big story about a self-proclaimed disruptor of the lab industry that finds itself struggling just
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CEO SUMMARY: There is good news for those clinical labs and pathology groups currently operating robust Lean, Six Sigma, and process improvement programs. The Institute of Medicine’s new report calls for all healthcare providers to rapidly transform themselves into ‘continuously learning’ organizations. These developments met with a welcome reception at the recent Lab Quality Confab,
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 laboratories based on the ISO 9001 quality management system.
CEO SUMMARY: In presenting this list of macro trends for clinical laboratories, several themes are in play. They range from a continued emphasis on improving lab operations to the need to acquire and deploy sophisticated information technology. During the next few years, the long-predicted retirement of Baby Boomers will kick in. That will aggravate the
CEO SUMMARY: For about a year, hospitals and health systems have had a new choice for meeting the Medicare Conditions of Participation. This new choice is Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Because DNV offers a dual process for achieving Medicare accreditation and ISO 9001 certification, it brings client hospitals a different bundle of benefits. As hospitals
CEO SUMMARY: Perceptive laboratory executives and pathologists should welcome the impending arrival of ISO 9000 into the clinical laboratory industry. It promises to solve many problems of laboratory management. The diagnostics industry, responsible for manufacturing instruments and supplies used by clinical laboratories, has already embraced ISO 9000 with good results.
MANY LABORATORY EXECUTIVES yawned at the
CEO SUMMARY: Although it’s the first ISO 9001-certified clinical laboratory in North America, Quest Diagnostics’ Nichols Institute is a late-comer to the party. Most major diagnostics companies already have ISO 9001 certification. This issue of THE DARK REPORT explores why Nichols’ ISO certification is an industry milestone. Our prediction is that all larger laboratory organizations
“SHOOTING FISH IN THE BARREL” MAY BE A GOOD METAPHOR TO DESCRIBE what can soon happen to the profession of pathology. This issue of THE DARK REPORT covers several important stories on laboratory management, with direct consequences to pathologists.
First, the ISO 9001 certification of the Nichols Institute division of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (see pages 2-8)