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CMS CLIA Sanction Letter Sent To Theranos Raises Questions

CITING PRACTICES THAT JEOPARDIZE PATIENT SAFETY, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decided earlier this month to revoke the CLIA certificate that it granted to Theranos Inc. to operate a clinical laboratory in Newark, Calif., and to ban the lab…

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Partners Consolidates AP Using Common IT System

CEO SUMMARY: Partners HealthCare of Boston, Massachusetts, is creating a single informatics platform for CP and AP across all six of the hospitals that it operates. It will replace 19 different pathology systems currently used at six sites with just seven integrated pathology systems. As …

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Sarasota Hospital Lab Reduces Number of Hemolyzed Specimens

CEO SUMMARY: Seeking to improve turnaround time for stat lab tests, the laboratory at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System identified high rates of hemolysis as the chief reason for less than ideal TAT. Because 32% of blood draws were handled by the lab’s phlebotomy staff while 68% of b…

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Navigenics Buys Clinical Lab From Affymetrix Last Month

IF NAVIGENICS INC. HAD A SLOGAN to match its business model, it might be, “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” Last month the personal genomics testing company acquired a clinical testing laboratory. In a deal with Affymetrix, Inc., Navigenics purchased the …

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Emerging Global Trends in How Labs Are Using “Distributed Computing”

“In several different countries, laboratories already use ‘distributed computing’, in the form of a single LIS data center that provides informatics services to as many as 25 laboratories in a region. The trend is to increase interoperability and portability of the i…

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LIS As Productivity Tool Throughout the Laboratory

CEO SUMMARY: Is the classic laboratory information system (LIS) morphing into a different information technology product? That’s the observation of one laboratory IT expert, who says that “best of breed” LIS products are becoming productivity tools that support improved clinical per…

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Labs Need Response to Physicians’ Use of EMR

CEO SUMMARY: A new trend is emerging in outreach laboratory IT systems. Labs are linking to the electronic medical record (EMR) systems in their physician clients’ offices. Delivering lab results to these systems is already common. Enabling electronic order entry is the next wave. Clini…

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Middleware Provides Opportunity For Labs to Gain New Functions

“Even as more laboratories begin to use middleware, the number of functions and uses for middleware continues to increase —Gregory R Vail, CEO, Data Innovations, Inc. CEO SUMMARY: Middleware is attracting attention throughout the laboratory ind…

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Spectrum Lab Network Is Sold to Equity Investor

CEO SUMMARY: Timing of the sale of Spectrum Laboratory Network to Apax Partners, L.P. was unexpected, but it’s been known for some time that the fast-growing regional laboratory was entertaining purchase offers. Under new ownership and with ready access to ample capital, Spectrum is optimis…

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Pathology “Condo Labs” Are New Business Ploy

CEO SUMMARY: We call ‘em pathology condominium laboratories. Other names are “pod labs” and “salon labs.” Whatever name is used, this new scheme by specialist physicians to capture pathology revenues may be the most significant threat to the anatomic pathology profession since t…

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