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Atrium, Advocate Aurora Merge into $27b System

CEO SUMMARY: Integrated delivery networks continue to consolidate in the U.S., with the latest example being the merger of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. The deal forms a 67-hospital system across two distinct geographic areas in the Southeast and upper Midwest. IDN mergers raise the…

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Data Innovation Plays a Key Role on Future Fronts

BETTER COLLECTION AND USE OF CLINICAL DATA WAS A PROMINENT THEME discussed by attendees at last month’s annual Executive War College Conference on Laboratory and Pathology Management in New Orleans.  Laboratory directors and pathologists have lo…

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Decline in COVID-19 Test Orders Signals a Shift

MIGHT THE FEDERAL HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENT BE CLOSE TO DECLARING AN END TO THE SARS-COV2 PANDEMIC and—given the ongoing decline in the daily number of new cases and deaths—that COVID-19 is expected to become an endemic disease?  The SARS-CoV-2 statis…

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New Trends Reshaping Healthcare, Lab Testing

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Artificial Intelligence ‘Invades’ Pathology, Billing

Predictions about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform nearly every area of healthcare are about to become reality. For the profession of laboratory medicine, AI is making speedy inroads into two areas. The first is anato…

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Microbiome Startups Pushing into the Clinical Lab Space

REPUTABLE CLINICAL LABORATORY COMPANIES HAVE A NEW COMPETITOR in what has been called the Wild West of microbiome startups.  Some of the companies in this nascent industry have been hailed for developing health breakthroughs while others have been indict…

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Ortho Clinical Diagnostics to Be Acquired by Quidel

CEO SUMMARY: In an announcement released before the end of 2021, Quidel said it had signed an agreement to acquire Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) for $6 billion. Laboratories that are customers of either company should expect changes after the deal closes as Quidel moves to integr…

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2021’s Top 10 Lab Stories Confirm Important Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Much like 2020, the pandemic dominated our new list of the top 10 lab industry stories for 2021. Beyond COVID-19 testing, the virus crept its way into long-term trends, such as pathology jobs and technology innovation. New ways of delivering healthcare will need respons…

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Congress May Soon Act on LDT, IVCT Regulation

CEO SUMMARY: Congress is gearing up for a debate on how to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) and other in vitro clinical tests (IVCTs). The VALID Act sets the stage for the FDA to take a greater role in pre-market review of LDTs, and the VITAL Act proposes to keep those tes…

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New Lab, Pathology Trends at Executive War College 2021

CEO SUMMARY: Hundreds of lab leaders traveled to San Antonio last week for the 27th annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management. After almost two years of virtual conference and meetings using Zoom, attendees were ready to gather for a live event, complete with speakers,…

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