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Standard Bar Code Labels Can Reduce Lab Errors

CEO SUMMARY: Standardization of bar code labels is a concept whose time has come. After implementing CLSI standard AUTO12-A, first-mover clinical labs report fewer specimen identification errors, a reduction of costs associated with specimen handling errors, and a boost in lab productivit…

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Pathology Labs Want Method To Correct Specimen ID Errors

CEO SUMMARY: When pathology labs discover instances of a misidentified or contaminated tissue specimen, there is a new service that allows them to retrospectively use DNA to properly match that specimen to the correct patient. In part two of our series, we look at how some pathology labs …

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9 Pennsylvania Hospitals Tackle Lab Specimen Errors

CEO SUMMARY: In this unusual collaboration, the participating Pennsylvania hospitals dramatically reduced blood specimen labeling errors. This initiative to share best practices incorporated techniques that were refined in other projects designed to reduce medical errors and improve patie…

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E-Prescribing Functions that Labs Can Offer Office-Based Physicians

IN RESPONSE TO MEDICARE AND PRIVATE PAYER efforts to increase physicians’ use of e-prescribing, 4Medica, Inc., of Culver City, California, was one of the first laboratory informatics vendors to add an effective e-prescribing capability to its lab test order and results reporting sy…

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Siemens, BioImagene, Clarient University of Pennsylvania, Mayo Clinic

SIEMENS INVESTS IN DIGITAL PATHOLOGY, BUYS STAKE IN BIOIMAGENE IMAGING AND RADIOLOGY GIANT SIEMENS just made an interesting investment in digital pathology systems. On October 16, Siemens Venture Capital (SVC) revealed that it had purchased…

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Baylor University Lab Serves ED Needs With STAT Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Throughout the United States, hospital laboratories are working to meet ever-increasing lab testing demands by emergency department physicians. In response, many labs debate the benefits of a point-of-care testing (POCT) solution versus operating a rapid response lab in or ne…

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Big Seattle Med Center Adopts “Lean” Methods

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory and pathology services at Virginia Mason Medical Center are an integral part of its hospital-wide Lean quality management initiative. Because of the importance of lab test data to so many clinical services, the laboratory often finds itself making key contributions…

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More Firms Now Offer Web Lab Info Products

CEO SUMMARY: Since our last vendor directory in winter 2001, the number of companies selling browser-based systems for laboratory testing ordering and results reporting has doubled! That’s a sign that laboratories recognize the need to have an Internet strategy and are taking steps to d…

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An Industrial Engineer Looks At Laboratory Automation And Robotics

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: Last fall, Mark Smythe’s four-part DARK REPORT series about the thirteen “Perilous Parallels” common to commercial laboratory managers provoked widespread response among our clients and readers. We’ve invited him back to address management issues involving…

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