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Newsmaker Interview: Healthcare’s Transformation Now Bringing Changes to Lab Industry

“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

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After Court Decision, India Faces Shortage of Lab Professionals

THERE IS ALREADY A SHORTAGE of competent professionals available to sign off on medical laboratory reports in India. Now a recent Supreme Court decision may exacerbate this problem.

On Jan. 11, the Hindu Business Line, a newspaper, reported that medical labs across India could face a significant shortage of competent professionals to sign lab reports after

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March 21, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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Tougher times in the clinical lab testing market have claimed another lab company. On February 28, Artherotech, Inc., posted a notice on its website stating that it had closed permanently, as of that date. Along with its several hundred employees, Artherotech’s closure caught many lab executives by surprise. Founded in 1994, during the heyday of closed-panel

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Coming Next Year for Labs: PAMA, FDA, LDTs, and More

CEO SUMMARY: As 2016 approaches, nearly every lab organization is watching and waiting to learn how federal regulators at CMS and the FDA will move forward with plans to implement PAMA market reporting and regulation of laboratory-developed tests, respectively. Most knowledgeable observers expect that each government program will cost labs substantial amounts of money—from fee

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Investment Bank Bullish On Clinical Labs, Pathology

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CEO SUMMARY: For clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups willing to adapt to the evolving needs of the American healthcare system, there are many positive opportunities. That’s the view of a Wall Street investment bank that just published a report on the lab testing sector. The report on healthcare trends includes commentary about developments in cancer care, acceptance of personalized medicine, and the growing activity in direct-to-consumer lab testing.

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Newer, Smaller Analyzers Will Bring Big Data to Labs

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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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