April 16, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Add Estonia to the growing list of nations that will now provide genetic information to its citizens. On March 20, the government rolled out an initiative that, in its first phase, will generate genetic information for 100,000 of its 1.3 million residents. This data will address an individual’s genetic risk for specific diseases. The University of Tartu’s Institute of Genomics will host the genetic testing service and information will be provided first to the individual’s doctor. Genetic counseling will be part of the service.

MORE ON: Estonia

Estonia’s announcement was not unexpected, as the nation established one of the world’s first biobanks back in 2000. Estonia has a reputation for being innovative. The web-based service, Futurism says Estonia “was the first nation to ever hold elections via the Internet, the first to offer ‘e-residency’ for anyone in the world, and among the first to propose a national cryptocurrency.”

OSCAR HEALTH RAISES $165 MILLION

Since its launch in 2012 as a new model of a health insurance company, Oscar Health, headquartered in New York City, has attracted much attention. Last month, the company announced it had raised $165 million from investors that included Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google. Oscar says it will expand to 250,000 members in 2018 and has working relationships with several health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic.

AURORA ACQUIRES CASCADE PATHOLOGY

On April 9, Aurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., announced its acquisition of Cascade Pathology Services of Portland, Ore.

TRANSITIONS

  • Cleveland Clinic named Brian P. Rubin, MD, PhD, as Chair of the Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute. Rubin joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2006.
  • Chris Callahan was appointed to be the Chief Commercial Officer for PieranDx, of St. Louis, Mo. He previously held executive positions at Sunquest Information Systems, QuadraMed, Misys Healthcare Systems, and Cerner Corporation.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, May 7, 2018.

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