“Today, patients want to get diagnosis and treatment faster with fewer visits to the doctor’s office. They want speedier and more comprehensive delivery of clinical services, be it laboratory tests, imaging, or other procedures.”
—Ralph Taylor, President, Sysmex America, Inc.
CEO Summary: To bring testing closer to patients, clinical laboratories will need to offer sophisticated point-of-care systems
CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories of all sizes are poised to become the source of much of a hospital or health system’s “big data.” At many academic center labs, greater use of genetic and molecular testing requires that more space and more staff be devoted to data management. At the same time, the latest generation of gene sequencing instruments and molecular analyzers are cheaper, faster, and more automated. These systems make it feasible for even smaller labs to offer sophisticated genetic tests.
CEO SUMMARY: One intrepid medical technologist has spent almost two decades in volunteer service working in the clinical laboratories of hospital ships operated by Mercy Ships International. As the world’s largest hospital ship, the Africa Mercy contains six operating rooms, a 78-bed ICU and patient ward, along with a clinical lab that is equipped with
ROSETTA GENOMICS TO LAY OFF 35 EMPLOYEES
TO CUT EXPENSES AND SHIFT MORE FUNDING toward sales of its proprietary molecular tests, Rosetta Genomics says it will eliminate 35 jobs. The company, based in Israel, operates a clinical laboratory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia laboratory employs eight people, but Rosetta did not disclose whether staff layoffs would happen
As unemployment rates climb in the United States, employers are ordering fewer pre-employment drugs of abuse (DOA) screening panels. This is expected. It is why investors know that drugs-of-abuse volumes are closely linked to the economic boom/bust cycle. During first quarter earning calls, public lab companies revealed the bad news in this sector of lab
CEO SUMMARY: A California hospital challenged CMS in federal court over the threatened loss of its lab’s CLIA certificate. CMS threatened to revoke the certificate in 2007 and stop paying the hospital’s Medicare and Medi-Cal lab bills. In January, Victor Valley Community Hospital won a court injunction preventing CMS from revoking its CLIA certificate. Now
CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory automation continues to develop in unexpected new directions. Recently, ARUP Laboratories and Motoman, Inc., collaborated to develop an automated thawing and mixing solution that integrates with ARUP’s existing automated line and replaces manual processes. Put into operation earlier this year, the automated work cell has improved the standardization of specimen preparation, directly