“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
BY NOW, MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD THE NEWS that Cerner Corporation has acquired Labotix, Inc., the laboratory automation company based in Peterborough, Ontario. That transaction was announced last Monday, March 18.
I consider this deal notable because it is an example of how strange bedfellows will be joining forces as healthcare undergoes a radical transformation
THIS SUMMER, the global clinical laboratory industry lost a true innovator in medical laboratory management, operations, and informatics. On August 8, 2012, Dr. Alan Lloyd died peacefully at home from pancreatic cancer.
Lloyd was widely-respected for his unique approaches to laboratory operations, lab workflow, and use of informatics to support clinical assessment of laboratory test results.
Earlier this month, the clinical laboratory at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) was sent a letter by federal CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) officials declaring that the laboratory was in violation of proficiency testing (PT) regulations. The OSUWMC laboratory faces two sanctions. One is revocation of its CLIA license. The second is cancellation
CEO SUMMARY: Like many labs today, the gynecologic cytology laboratory at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics had a pre- and post-analytical work flow with many complex steps. This work flow—heavily influenced by a legacy of previous information systems—was inefficient, contained unnecessary redundancies, and lacked systematic measures for preventing errors. That all changed when
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 actively introducing quality management methods into their laboratory operations and generating remarkable results.
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