January 13, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Currently there are 119 operational health information exchanges (HIEs) in the United States. This number is 58% greater than the 75 HIEs that were operational in 2010. These numbers were reported in Health Affairs. The study was authored by researchers at the University of Michigan. They also determined that 30% of the nation’s hospitals and 10% of ambulatory practices now participate in at least one of these 119 operational HIEs. Most notably, only 25% of HIEs reported that they are able to cover operating costs with revenue from participating providers and healthcare organizations.


There’s been another round of consolidation among lab middleware vendors. Last month, Data Innovations of Burlington, Vermont, said it had acquired the assets of Dawning Technologies, Inc., of Fort Meyers, Florida. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Both companies provide middleware solutions for clinical laboratories


Last month, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) named Judy Frost, BSN, RN, ACMPE, as “Professional Woman of the Year.” Frost is the Business Manager of Midwest Pathology Associates, LLC, in Kansas City, Missouri. NAPW is the nation’s largest organization of women, with 600,00 members in 400 chapters.


  • Halfpenny Technologies of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, announced that Jack Redding has joined the company as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has previously held positions at Lifepoint Informatics, Specialty Laboratories, Cigna Intercorp, Keystone Health Plans, and Siemens Healthcare.
  • Rick Malik joined MedAssets of Atlanta, Georgia, as its Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solution Sales. Previously he held executive positions at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a division of Johnson & Johnson Company.
  • Vermillion, Inc., of Austin, Texas, has appointed James T. LaFrance as a member of its board and its Chairman of the Board. LaFrance held executive positions at Omnyx, LLC, Ventana Medical Systems, and Bayer Diagnostics.

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