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laboratory automation systems

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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Cerner Acquires Lab Automation Company

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 …

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Preparing for New Lab Role In Personalized Medicine

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory medicine is about to find itself between the two jaws of a powerful vise. One jaw is pending major legislative overhaul of the entire healthcare system, along with dwindling reimbursement as Medicare and Medicaid runs out of money. The other jaw is personalized med…

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Phlebotomy Automation Likely To Be Next Trend

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s a prediction that automation of work processes for phlebotomy, specimen collection, and specimen transport may be the next trend. Unfolding developments in the United States are creating a situation parallel to what was seen in Japanese hospital laboratories more tha…

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LabCorp Buys MDS Labs In New York and Georgia

CEO SUMMARY: It’s the final chapter of the “Canadian Invasion” of the U.S. laboratory testing market. In the mid-1990s, both MDS and Dynacare built a sizeable presence in the United States as they both worked to develop joint ventures with hospital laboratories. Dynacare was acquire…

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When Laboratory Vendors Go Bankrupt

BANKRUPTCY AMONG VENDORS AND SUPPLIERS in the laboratory industry is an uncommon event. Since it is so rare, that is one less issue about which laboratory directors and pathologists must worry. However, occasionally there are reminders that it is good management practice to track the financial stab…

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LAB-Interlink Hangs On Despite Financial Woes

CEO SUMMARY: It’s an uphill struggle at LAB-Interlink, based in Omaha, Nebraska. Short of funds, staffed with only a few employees, and urgently seeking capital, the company has so far managed to avoid filing for protection under bankruptcy laws. It is an unwelcome turn of events, since…

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Total Laboratory Automation: It’s “ DOA” In Today’s Market

CEO SUMMARY: Since 1994, thoughtful lab executives have wrestled with the concept of total automation for their laboratory. Despite concerted marketing efforts by some of the world’s most successful diagnostics manufacturers, only a handful of total laboratory automation (TLA) sites are…

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Pap Smear Technologies Battle For Market Share

CEO SUMMARY: Cytyc, NeoPath and Neuromedical each tapped the public capital markets during the past 18 months. Now investors expect to see earnings growth and dividends as soon as possible. Clinical laboratories should expect intensified sales and marketing efforts from these three compan…

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An Industrial Engineer Looks At Laboratory Automation And Robotics

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: Last fall, Mark Smythe’s four-part DARK REPORT series about the thirteen “Perilous Parallels” common to commercial laboratory managers provoked widespread response among our clients and readers. We’ve invited him back to address management issues involving…

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