May 11, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Last month, TriCore Reference Laboratories of Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced that it had purchased the Rhodes Group, of Vernon, Connecticut. Rhodes Group provides data integration services for labs and other healthcare providers. TriCore had long been a customer of Rhodes Group. TriCore is pursuing a strategy of leveraging lab test data with other clinical and healthcare data. This would allow TriCore to help providers and other stakeholders improve patient outcomes and better manage the cost of care. In the press release announcing the transaction, TriCore noted that Rhodes Group will continue to operate from its current offices, develop its data integration products, and serve its existing and new customers without interruption.

More On: Lab Data

Rhodes Group is known for its expertise in developing effective middleware solutions that improve workflow in labs and other providers. Its acquisition by TriCore caught many lab executives by surprise. However, companies offering lab middleware solutions seem to be a hot commodity these days. It was in February when Sunquest Information Systems acquired Data Innovations, one of the longest-established sources of lab middleware solutions. Since it was acquired, Data Innovations continues to operate as an independent business unit of Sunquest. That is similar to TriCore’s plans for the Rhodes Group.

Med Tech Supply an Issue in Canada

On April 28, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) visited Parliament in Ottawa. The goal was to educate lawmakers about the looming shortage of medical laboratory technologists in Canada. CSMLS officials called for more funding for education and incentives to recruit MLTs into rural and remote communities.

Transitions

Evans Calas retired on May 1. He was formerly an owner and the CEO of Sterling Reference Laboratories, based in Tacoma, Washington. During his career, Calas held executive positions with Laboratory Corporation of America, National Health Laboratories, and International Clinical Laboratories.

In Phoenix, Arizona, Chris Young, owner of Laboratory Management Support Services, retired on April 22. Young founded his lab consulting company in 1997. His 40-year career in clinical laboratories included time at Sonora Laboratory Services.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, June 1, 2015.

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