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Implementing Best Practices Across 27 Hospital Labs

CEO SUMMARY: It is always challenging to ensure consistency and high productivity across the different labs in a consolidated lab organization. To help staff focus on quality and efficiency, Alverno Clinical Laboratories LLC uses Lean methods to improve quality and timely delivery of lab …

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How PAML Built a Major Business In Lab Joint Ventures with Hospitals

 “A well-structured laboratory joint venture helps the hospital partner tap the unrealized value of its laboratory, because the independent lab partner provides capital, along with experience, and expertise to s…

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CDC Convenes Institute To Leverage Lab Testing

CEO SUMMARY: In convening the 2007 Institute “Managing for Better Health,” in Atlanta last week, the Division of Laboratory Systems of the CDC invited a broad spectrum of healthcare experts and policymakers to participate. The ambitious goal was to facilitate discussions involving sta…

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CDC Seeks to Identify Best Laboratory Practices

CEO SUMMARY: To advance the goal of enhancing the practice of laboratory medicine, the CDC has organized two teams of laboratory experts. They will study best practices and proficiency testing in medical labs nationwide. Such approaches as lab standards, voluntary reporting of adverse eve…

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Pathologist-Entrepreneurs Offer New Lab Automation

CEO SUMMARY: Since October 2003, the core laboratory of Detroit Medical Center University Laboratories has operated with a home-grown total laboratory automation (TLA) system. The 100-foot automated line currently connects to 11 instruments and the hardware cost only $200,000 to build and…

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Lab Integration At Geisinger Contributes to Better Outcomes

CEO SUMMARY: There have been two benefits from the use of sophisticated laboratory informatics at the laboratory division of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. Benefit one is a standardized, fully-integrated lab information system that collects all lab test results, includ…

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Carilion Health Acquires Chi Lab Consultancy

CEO SUMMARY: In selling Park City Solutions Laboratory Services Group to Carilion Health System, Park City Solutions is returning to its core competency in healthcare information technology consulting services. For Carilion Health System, this acquisition puts it firmly in the national la…

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Privacy Officer Shares Lessons on ID Theft

CEO SUMMARY: “Nothing teaches like experience.” That adage aptly describes the lessons learned at a Seattle hospital after a case of patient identity theft surfaced. Laboratories and pathology groups must be just as alert to the potential for patient identity theft as they are to inap…

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Baltimore Hospital Lab Problems Put Spotlight On CAP Inspections

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s an exclusive peek into a three-year battle between medical technologists wanting to do the right thing and a laboratory manager—backed by hospital administration—who aggressively stifled well-justified dissent. It is an inside look at one of the most grievous fai…

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Lab Contracting Fracas In British Columbia

CEO SUMMARY: Government healthcare officials in British Columbia are taking definitive steps to recast the existing status quo between private commercial laboratory companies and public (government) hospital laboratories in the province. Although the stated goals are to reduce the cost of…

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