Tag: near-patient testing

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Ralph Taylor, CEO of Sysmex America

“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. Core laboratories have something unique and irreplaceable. Core laboratories will continue to anchor lab testing services in the communities they serve. What

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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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FDA CLEARS WAIVED CBC FOR NEAR-PATIENT TESTING

CEO SUMMARY: Market clearance of the first-ever CLIA waived analyzer for complete blood count and three-part differential tests could cut time-to-answer from days to mere minutes for one of the top 20 tests by volume performed at core laboratories. Developer Sysmex America, Inc., foresees its analyzer as a complement to central labs. Basic diagnostics would

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Docs’ In-Office Testing Showing Mixed Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Despite the burdens of CLIA certification and reduced reimbursement for lab tests, many medical practice experts are advising doctors to expand in-office testing. However, diagnostic technologies for near-patient testing are still not robust enough to support this trend. Early attempts to expand testing in physicians’ office laboratories show the technology is still not

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Management Execution Makes a Difference

THERE’S PLENTY OF HOOROAR AND EXCITEMENT about skyrocketing stock prices for several public lab and pathology companies in 2000! But this crusty old curmudgeon has been around the investment industry too long to accept Wall Street’s new-found enthusiasm for clinical laboratories as definitive proof of the lab industry’s financial turnaround.

For example, it’s exciting to see the

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“State of Lab Industry” Reveals Radical Change

CEO SUMMARY: Pick your trend: declining reimbursement, consolidation, clinical integration, downsizing, and capitated reimbursement. These trends all continued to shape the way laboratories organized to provide services. But 1997’s wildcard was the federal government. Between investigations and new regulations, laboratories were hit hard.

FOR THE clinical laboratory industry, 1997’s biggest surprise was both unexpected and unpleasant:

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Joint Venture In Phoenix To Be Copied Elsewhere

CEO SUMMARY: Look for the Quest-Sonora joint venture to be followed by others in coming months. Competition and marketplace realities are forcing the three national laboratories to respond with groundbreaking strategies. Hospital laboratory partners in these deals can reap significant benefits with savvy negotiations.

SHARED EQUITY VENTURES between hospitals and commercial laboratories are tough to make

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Questions, Answers & Viewpoints

Dear Editor:
The story in your February 17 issue about laboratory automation as viewed by an industrial engineer was fascinating. He did a great job of helping me understand how to look at clinical laboratory automation. However, you say nothing about the centralized/decentralized issue. Isn’t automation predicated on the concept of a centralized laboratory with a

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