January 9, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

China-based Kindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc. (Kindstar), of Wuhan, Hubei Province, entered into an agreement to acquire and use the web-based anatomic pathology laboratory information system (APLIS) developed and sold by PathCentral, Inc., of Irvine, California. Kindstar intends to deploy the web- based APLIS service across its corporate laboratory facilities. It will also implement the PathCentral APLIS in the labs of its hospital clients across China. Kindstar’s strategy is to use this pathology informatics “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) solution to automate some manual processes and create an integrated informatics network that connects its various lab facilities with those of its client hospital labs.

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The other benefit of the PathCentral SaaS solution is a smaller up-front investment. It “…will allow us to integrate our laboratory facilities and connect electronically to our broad base of hospital clients without making a large capital investment,” declared Shiang Huang, M.D., Kindstar Founder and CEO, in the press release. Kindstar reports that it has 2,000 of China’s 20,000 hospitals as clients. Kindstar also has a multi-year laboratory testing agreement with Mayo Clinic that was announced in June, 2011.


  • Effective on January 23, 2012, Francisco (Frank) R. Velázquez, M.D., will become CEO of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML), based in Spokane, Washington. Velázquez served with Quest Diagnostics Incorporated at both Nichols Institute and Focus Diagnostics. A pathologist, Velázquez has held positions at several academic institutions, including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.


In reporting the retirement of David G. Beckwith, M.S., Ph.D., as President and General Manager of Health Network Laboratories, Inc., of Allentown, the name of the Beckwith’s laboratory was incorrectly listed as “Health Line Clinical Laboratories,” which some readers will recognize was the name of a now-defunct laboratory company that was located 3,000 miles away in California.

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…the acquisition of S.E.D. Medical Laboratories, owned by Lovelace Health System of Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Quest will also manage in-patient labs at four Lovelace hospitals.

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