December 19, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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Pathologists and lab managers interested in developing diagnostic management teams within their hospitals and health systems will be interested in an upcoming conference on that topic. Organized by Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, it will take place at the Galveston Island Convention Center on February 7-8, 2017. Laposata has gained national attention for his work in demonstrating how diagnostic management teams can contribute to improved patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care.


It is the end of the year and several publications are releasing their “best companies” lists. Included in these lists are several companies serving the clinical laboratory industry. In its list of the “Top 100 Innovative Companies,” Forbes listed the following firms that serve laboratories:

Illumina (ranked 24); Sysmex Corporation (ranked 28); Cerner Corporation (ranked 37); and, Roper Industries, parent company of Sunquest Information Systems, Data Innovations, and Atlas Medical (ranked 69).

MORE ON: Best Company Rankings 

In December, CIOReview issued its list of the “50 Most Promising Healthcare Solution Providers for 2016.” Companies were listed alphabetically and firms serving labs included Change Healthcare, McKesson, and Visiun.


Julie Khani will become President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), effective Jan. 1, 2017. She joined ACLA in 2013 as its Executive Vice President. Previously, Khani held positions with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Ford Motor Company.

Alan Mertz, President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association, is retiring, effective Jan. 1, 2017. He will continue to serve ACLA in an advisory role. Prior to joining ACLA, Mertz spent almost 30 years in Congress working on the staffs of Senators and Representatives.

Theranos, Inc., announced that Gregory J. Tsongalis, PhD, was joining its Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Tsongalis is Director, Clinical Genomics and Advanced Technology, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

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… general practitioners in the United Kingdom claim they are being “run into the ground” because of the country’s standard 10-minute office visit. GPs are asking for an end to the 10-minute office visit requirement.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, January 9, 2017.

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