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IVD Stunner: GE to Acquire Abbott’s Diagnostics Unit

CEO SUMMARY: General Electric Corporation made a dramatic entrance into in vitro diagnostics (IVD) by acquiring almost all of Abbott Laboratories’ IVD business division. Once the sale is closed later this spring, GE will be the second major imaging vendor to buy its way into the IVD bus…

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Key Trends Drive Change for Clinical Laboratories

CEO SUMMARY: Technology plays an ever-growing role in reshaping the organization and operation of clinical laboratories. New technologies figure prominently in THE DARK REPORT’S 2007 list of key trends in the clinical laboratory industry. Technological advances in instr…

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Lab “Day of Disaster” Provides Useful Lessons

CEO SUMMARY: On Friday, May 5, laboratory administrators and pathologists who guided their labs through some of the nation’s biggest natural disasters and emergencies will gather in Miami to share their experiences in contingency planning and disaster response. It is no understatement t…

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Internet as Threat and Opportunity for Labs

IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE THIS CRUSTY CURMUDGEON WEIGHED IN ON technology changes with the potential to reshape laboratory services as we know them today. Howe…

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Middleware Provides Opportunity For Labs to Gain New Functions

“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 ind…

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Bi-Annual Look at Trends Reshaping Clinical Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Among other things, we declare the end to the heyday of the independent commercial lab company which offers a broad test menu to all types of office-based physicians. In its place springs forth the specialty or niche testing laboratory. Small and focused on a specific number …

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Anatomic Path Lab Weathers Florida’s Blitz of Hurricanes

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS always get rewritten after a crisis. That’s certainly the case with Palm Beach Pathology, which survived the recent blitz of hurricanes that hammered Florida’s east coast. “Our laboratory is located in West Palm Beach, a city hit hard by Hurricane Fran…

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Florida Labs Face Off With Hurricane Charley

CEO SUMMARY: Hurricane Charley not only validated long-standing laboratory emergency contingency plans, but it introduced new issues. Even two weeks after the hurricane, hospital labs in the most affected communities continue to deal with storm-related problems. One issue is that damaged …

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Quantum Dots Targeting Multiplexed Bioassays

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s another exciting new technology which promises to expand the capabilities of diagnostic testing while lowering laboratory costs. Based on research originally done during the 1970’s, quantum dots™ are nanometer-sized semiconductors with unique properties. Quantum …

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Point-Of-Care Chemistry Ready To Transform Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Following on the heels of our prediction about web-based test ordering/results reporting, here’s another equally revolutionary development. CARESIDE, Inc. is ready to launch a point-of-care instrument suite for routine, high-volume chemistry and hematology tests. Early peek…

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