the electronic medical record

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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Bi-Annual Look at Trends Reshaping Clinical Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Among other things, we declare the end to the heyday of the independent commercial lab company which offers a broad test menu to all types of office-based physicians. In its place springs forth the specialty or niche testing laboratory. Small and focused on a specific number …

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British Early-Adopter Labs Respond to New Trends

CEO SUMMARY: On which side of the Atlantic are clinical labs better operated? This February will be the third consecutive year that progressive lab leaders from the USA and the United Kingdom convene in England to explore each country’s laboratory best practices, to swap innovations, an…

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Department of Defense and VA Prepare to Pool Health Data

IT’S ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP on the road to a true “universal patient medical record.” Two government agencies are preparing to consolidate access to separate pools of healthcare data. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Aff…

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Hospitalwide ISO-9002 Status Stimulates Gains In Laboratory

AFTER 181-bed St. Charles Medical Center became one of a handful of hospitals in the United States to earn its certification as an ISO-9000 facility three years ago, interaction between nursing and the laboratory has improved in unexpected ways. Located in the central Oregon communi…

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Ken Freeman Discusses Plans to Integrate AML and Unilab

CEO SUMMARY: Once again, Ken Freeman and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is altering the national market for clinical laboratory testing. By acquiring American Medical Laboratories and Unilab, the nation’s largest lab company is expanding its presence in California, Nevada, and Washingto…

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New Lab Company Ready To Open In Orlando, FL

CEO SUMMARY: Within the next 60 days, a brand-new clinical laboratory company will begin operations in Orlando, Florida. In the short term, it plans to offer routine testing to physicians’ offices. However, the real goal is to create a laboratory organization with integrated information…

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LIS Sales Decline in 2000 As Labs Shift Emphasis

CEO SUMMARY: THE DARK REPORT’S annual ranking of the Top Ten LIS Vendors reveals that sales of new LIS products declined for the second consecutive year. This is evidence that the influence of multi-hospital health systems is changing the way LIS is purchased and implemented. It is also…

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“May 21, 2001 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

As predicted in the last issue of THE DARK REPORT, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated did acquire all the remaining shares of MedPlus, Inc. which it didn’t already own. MedPlus offers a variety of clinical information products, including one to create and manage electr…

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Web-based Test Ordering Is A “Tough Nut To Crack”

CEO SUMMARY: Shifting office-based physicians to Web-accessed lab test ordering proved to be a daunting task for WebMD and its early competitors. Probably the most significant discovery is that modest capabilities of existing software technology and the lack of Internet broadband connecti…

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