AS THE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION RINGS OUT THE YEAR 2000 and welcomes 2001, THE DARK REPORT will celebrate more than five years of service to the clinical laboratory industry and the pathology profession.
It has certainly been an extraordinary five years for laboratories throughout the United States and the world. All segments of the clinical laboratory industry have undergone traumatic and widespread restructuring. So it is only appropriate for us to devote this entire issue to our “White Paper” on the laboratory industry. If you think the rate of change in the last five years was exhausting, just wait. We are in a quiet period today. But over the next 18 to 36 months, a torrent of new diagnostics technology and cost-effective information services will hit the laboratory marketplace.
To help our clients and regular readers with their strategic planning, THE DARK REPORT offers this comprehensive look at the laboratory industry and its near term directions. As usual, Editor-In-Chief Robert Michel is provocative. I don’t expect all of you will agree with 100% of what he says, but I’ll bet this White Paper causes you to think differently about several key issues affecting your laboratory. If so, then we will have done our job once again.
The market insights and business intelligence you glean from this White Paper represent a lot of hard work and strategic analysis. Our editor tends to understate where he develops these ideas and conclusions. I think it is fair for you to know that he travels between 20 and 26 weeks per year visiting laboratories, pathology group practices, and lab industry vendors throughout several countries. Moreover, he is regularly engaged to participate in strategic consulting sessions with a remarkable range of companies and individuals.
It is this extensive, and in some cases unlimited, access to such a broad range of lab industry leaders and early adopters which shapes the useful business intelligence you regularly access from the pages of THE DARK REPORT. The quality of this information is a priceless asset for a lab executive who can absorb its relevance and apply it to the success of his or her laboratory organization.