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Theranos, Capital Blue Sign Lab Test Agreement
CEO SUMMARY: With each passing month, Theranos is looking more like a traditional clinical laboratory company, based on how it is expanding its patient service center network and courier/logistics system into different regions while pursuing managed care contracts with health ins…
Eastern Canada’s Latest Lab Errors Get Attention
CEO SUMMARY: Authorities for Eastern Health in Newfoundland and Labrador province in Canada are conducting a root cause analysis after finding discrepancies in breast cancer testing that affected nine patients. Health officials said these cases were discovered as a result of an improved q…
UMass Lab’s Experience With Vitamin D Methods
CEO SUMMARY: As it developed a home brew mass spec assay for Vitamin 25(OH) D to meet the request of some client physicians, the laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center quickly recognized several challenges. First, there were fundamental differences in the nu…
Labs in British Columbia Meet Tough PT Standards
CEO SUMMARY: Facing a crisis due to several highly publicized deficiencies in lab testing, pathologists in Canada are using proficiency testing (PT) to improve standards. In British Columbia, PT is mandatory and every lab is evaluated every quarter. Pathologists in BC recommend that every…
Canadian Pathologists Start PT Testing for ER/PR
CEO SUMMARY: Experts point out that widely publicized episodes of lab testing deficiencies in several provinces are signs that chronic underfunding of lab testing services is a key factor in these failures. To restore public confidence in breast cancer testing, the Canadian Association of…
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