Grasping the Impact of the Genetic Revolution

It’s an insider’s view of far-reaching changes expected to create new opportunities for labs

IT’S BEEN SEVEN MONTHS since healthcare futurist Rick J. Carlson shared his insights about the impending genomic/proteomic revolution at the Executive War College in NewnOrleans last May.

A key theme of his message was that diagnostic services would be squarely in the middle of the coming genetics tidal wave. Carlson, President of Health Strategies Group in Aspen, Colorado, believes that clinical laboratories and pathology groups are well-positioned to provide clinical services rooted in genetic knowledge.

But it was Carlson’s other predictions about how genetics will transform today’s healthcare system which caught the attention of War College attendees. In the months since his remarks, THE DARK REPORT has fielded comments and requests for more from Rick Carlson.

Because this topic is complex and cannot be properly summarized in a short story, THE DARK REPORT is devoting this entire issue to the topic of genetic
knowledge and how Rick Carlson believes it will transform all aspects of society. The “bad news” is the American healthcare system will be totally transformed by genetic knowledge. The good news is that Carlson believes the most substantial of these changes won’t occur for as long as ten more years.

As part of THE DARK REPORT’s mission to help laboratory executives and pathologists stay on top of key trends affecting their laboratories, we are proud to present this exclusive, in-depth interview with Rick Carlson. The intelligence briefing which follows provides a useful roadmap for long-term strategic planning.

It is also relevant to know that, in the intelligence briefing which follows, Carlson provided a depth of information not found elsewhere in print on the subject of how genetics will transform healthcare and society. It is this type of “insider intelligence” which makes THE DARK REPORT an invaluable resource for
perceptive laboratorians.


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