May 14, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Mayo Clinic is taking steps to more fully integrate its laboratory informatics. In a press release dated April 27, 2012, it stated that it had completed a multi- year implementation of a new laboratory information system (LIS). The new LIS supports both the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) and “connects Mayo laboratories in Arizona, Minnesota and New England.” The vendor on this project was SCC Soft Computer of Clearwater, Florida.


Mayo describes its LIS as “the most advanced laboratory information system in the world” and noted that this single system makes it possible to “manage testing in multiple locations, provides real-time location of a specimen, and enables continuous improvements in turnaround times and processes.” Significantly, the LIS has client-friendly features, which are described as “broader ordering and resulting configurations (e.g., partial results, flagging, and richer test result details).” Mayo’s emphasis on these client-focused features shows how it wants to differentiate itself from other labs in the marketplace.


In San Francisco, health officials are looking into the death, on May 2, of a laboratory worker at the San Francisco VA Medical Center who was infected with the Neisseria meningitidis bacterium. He was a meningitis research associate involved in a project to develop a vaccine.


In Houston, Texas, the acquisition of Prestige Laboratory by US Clinical Laboratories, LLC, was announced on April 23. US Clinical Labs was founded in 2010 by CEO Rodney R. Proto and several other executives. It has acquired a number of smaller laboratories across the Southeast United States and says it currently operates six laboratories and 16 patient service centers.


  • Martin Steffanelli has assumed duties as CEO of Bostwick Laboratories, based in glen Allen, Virginia. Steffanelli has held executive positions with Aurora Diagnostics, Asterand, AmeriPath, and Dianon Systems.

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