Tag: laboratory equipment

Aetna Sues Hospitals over Alleged Lab-Billing Scheme

CEO SUMMARY: In September, Aetna filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania accusing 14 defendants—including a hospital, a hospital management company, eight lab companies or lab management companies, two physicians, and two individuals—of defrauding Aetna, its client employers, and its members. The lawsuit is an example of a lab test arrangement in which independent lab companies and

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Newer, Smaller Analyzers Will Bring Big Data to Labs

Cepheid-GeneXpert-System

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.

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Grand River Hospital, Psyche Systems, Siemens Healthcare, Bio-Rad, Home Test Direct

HOSPITAL LAB CLOSED, STAFF EVACUATED AFTER LAB SPECIMEN SPILL
IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT A HOSPITAL LABORATORY needs to be closed and decontaminated following a lab accident. Yet that is what happened on April 2 at 495-bed Grand River Hospital in Kitchner, Ontario.

The problem was caused by the release of the soil fungus coccidioides when a specimen

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Pursuing More Benefits From Next Generation Lab Automation

CEO Summary: Once it was decided to replace an aging, five-year-old laboratory automation system at the laboratory of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, the administration at the hospital issued a challenge. It asked the laboratory team to deliver an immediate 10% cost savings upon implementation of its next-generation laboratory automation solution. Because of a

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