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Value-Based Care Is One Goal Of WHCN-Sonic Lab JV

CEO SUMMARY: Announced last month, the new laboratory joint-venture partnership with Sonic Healthcare’s Sunrise Clinical Laboratories will allow WCHN to compete with other health systems and prepare to respond to health insurers’ requests that hospital systems offer lower rates in val…

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Standard Bar Code Labels Can Reduce Lab Errors

CEO SUMMARY: Standardization of bar code labels is a concept whose time has come. After implementing CLSI standard AUTO12-A, first-mover clinical labs report fewer specimen identification errors, a reduction of costs associated with specimen handling errors, and a boost in lab productivit…

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New Lab Management Directions Now Visible

CEO SUMMARY: Seat-of-the-pants laboratory management is on its way out, replaced by numbers-driven methods. Judging by the presentations given at this year’s Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, a growing number of laboratory administrators and pathologists are activel…

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Labs In United Kingdom Study U.S., Canadian Labs

CEO SUMMARY: It was a groundbreaking first for both sides of the Atlantic. Senior pathologists and laboratory directors in the United Kingdom spent two days learning from their North American counterparts about the challenges and difficulties in laboratory consolidation and regionalizatio…

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Lab Automation Subject Of “How To” Program

CEO SUMMARY: Mastering lab automation is more difficult than it appears. The first-ever “Lab Automation Boot Camp” is assembling experienced lab administrators who have experience (and scars) in automation and are committed to telling the real story about making automation successful….

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Changing Lab Industry Trends Identified at War College

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories and pathology group practices are beginning to respond to a new set of marketplace trends. Speaker after speaker at this EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE included new business strategies not heard in past years. Probably the most notable difference is a growing emp…

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Number of Hospital Deals Declines Again in 2000

CEO SUMMARY: Probably the single biggest contributing factor to consolidation of hospital laboratories is when new owners or new healthcare systems take control of a hospital. For 2000, merger and acquisition activity in the hospital industry declined in 2000 by 40%. A total of 318 hospit…

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Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Embraces New Testing Technology

CEO SUMMARY: Despite a decade of consolidation, competition among the world’s largest diagnostics manufacturers remains intense. In response to this competition, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) is preparing a variety of new products and services for its clinical laboratory customers. I…

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Premier’s Lab Vendors Hooking Up Via Internet

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory members of Premier will soon be purchasing instruments, reagents, and supplies through’s Internet healthcare e-commerce site. Four major lab industry suppliers are actively working to link with the and Premier Web sites. For Premier, this …

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