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Allina Opens State-of-the-Art Central Laboratory Facility

THIS MONTH, THE NATION’S NEWEST “designed from scratch” clinical laboratory facility began operating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the central laboratory of Allina Hospitals & Clinics and its design is rooted in Lean and similar process improvement and workflow principle…

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HealthPartners Promotes Same-Day Lab Test Results

CEO SUMMARY: Patient focus groups told HealthPartners that they had anxiety as they waited days for lab test results. That encouraged HealthPartners to redesign workflows in its pathology department. Once it could deliver same-day lab test results electronically, HealthPartners launched a…

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Pumping Up Performance of Lab Billing & Collections

CEO SUMMARY: Coding, billing, collections, and compliance continue to grow in complexity, making management of the lab’s revenue cycle ever more difficult. One by one, a number of the nation’s largest laboratories are taking steps to automate management of their revenue cycle by utili…

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Key Trends Drive Change for Clinical Laboratories

CEO SUMMARY: Technology plays an ever-growing role in reshaping the organization and operation of clinical laboratories. New technologies figure prominently in THE DARK REPORT’S 2007 list of key trends in the clinical laboratory industry. Technological advances in instr…

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Middleware Produces Data In Real Time for Lab Managers

CEO SUMMARY: With sustained pressure on laboratories to cut costs, reduce errors, and raise quality, lab managers need faster access to detailed information about lab work processes. One solution is to use middleware to collect data in real time from the LIS and other sources, then analyz…

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How “Lean” is Benefiting Early-Adopter Laboratories

CEO SUMMARY: First steps toward a radical change in clinical laboratory operations are under way in a handful of early-adopter laboratories. This movement is so new that little information about their successes can be published. But the early evidence is compelling. For those labs willing…

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New Lab Management Directions Now Visible

CEO SUMMARY: Seat-of-the-pants laboratory management is on its way out, replaced by numbers-driven methods. Judging by the presentations given at this year’s Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, a growing number of laboratory administrators and pathologists are activel…

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New Trends in 2003 Affect Clinical Lab Services

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s our current list of macro trends that affect clinical laboratories, updated from the last list in January 2000. One bold prediction is that Medicare, as we know it, is on the verge of a major meltdown. Employers and consumers are also new forces to be reckoned with b…

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Changing Lab Industry Trends Identified at War College

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories and pathology group practices are beginning to respond to a new set of marketplace trends. Speaker after speaker at this EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE included new business strategies not heard in past years. Probably the most notable difference is a growing emp…

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AutoCyte Moves One Step Closer To FDA Approval

CEO SUMMARY: Until now, AutoCyte has kept a relatively quiet presence in the automated cytology marketplace. That may soon change as the FDA takes action on the company’s PREP™ and SCREEN™ products. AutoCyte expects these products will boost productivity and quality in cytology labs…

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