Tag: lab integration

Michigan’s Ascension to Standardize Labs Throughout the State

CEO SUMMARY: Two trends are driving a movement to standardize laboratory operations across large regions: the integration of clinical care and the need for hospitals and health networks to improve patient outcomes continuously. In Michigan, Ascension Health is an example of a lab team working to standardize lab testing activities among seven organizations, 14 hospitals,

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 Is Problem for EHR Firms

CEO SUMMARY: EHR system vendors must now comply with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. Well-established EHR vendors will survive. But smaller EHR companies may struggle to provide the enhancements to their first generation EHR products that are required to certify as MU Stage 2 compliant. These developments mean many physicians may need to find new EHR vendors. In turn, that will require clinical labs to build new interfaces to these physicians’ EHRs.

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Lab Industry Would Be Smart To Issue EMR Report Card

Guest Opinion by:
Pat Wolfram

Editor’s Note: For almost 20 years, Pat Wolfram has worked to develop electronic medical record systems at companies like MedicaLogic and GE Healthcare. His firm specializes in developing effective electronic interfaces that allow a physician’s EMR system to handle lab test orders and lab test results with that physician’s clinical laboratory provider.

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Quest Finally Owns Unilab, New Market Cycle To Begin

PERSISTENCE FINALLY PAID OFF for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. On February 26, it took ownership of Unilab Corporation, capping almost 11 months of effort.

In completing this acquisition, Quest Diagnostics completes the two blood brothers’ acquisition sweep of mid-sized public lab companies during 2002. The familiar names of American Medical Laboratories, Dynacare, DIANON Systems, and Unilab are

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