May 19, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

How about a hospital that doesn’t have a medical laboratory but issues lab test reports to patients? This unusual development happened in India recently. The Free Press Journal of Mumbai, India, reported earlier this month that government health officials had conducted a surprise inspection of the City Hospital at MP Nagar, Bhopal. Inspectors found that, even though the hospital didn’t have a medical laboratory, it had issued “pathology reports bearing the seal and signature of a fake doctor.” The government agency has directed the hospital to investigate the situation and submit a report of its findings.

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Lab professionals with long memories will remember it was a series of New York Times stories in 1988 about problems in lab testing in the United States—including the discovery of sink testing by some Pap testing laboratories—that led Congress to pass the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments 1988 (CLIA) law. However, seldom do health regulators in the United States find an example of “dry labbing,” such as at the City Hospital in India.


Two familiar players in the lab testing industry were involved in the recent acquisition of Orgentec Diagnostika, a specialty diagnostics company based in Mainz, Germany. The purchaser is Water Street Healthcare Partners of Chicago, Illinois. Scott Garrett, former CEO of Beckman Coulter Corporation and a Senior Operating Partner at Water Street, will be Chairman of Orgentec. Last fall, Water Street Capital exited the anatomic pathology business in the United States by selling Converge Diagnostics and Plus Diagnostics.


  • After leading Sunquest Information Systems to nine years of rapid growth in revenue and operating profit, Richard Atkin resigned from his position as President and CEO, effective in May 2014. Prior to joining Sunquest in 2005, Atkin previously held executive positions with Misys, SpaceLabs, and Datex- Ohmeda.
  • Matthew J. Hawkins was named as the new President of Sunquest Information Systems. His prior experience includes positions with Greenway Health, Vitera Healthcare Solutions, Henry Schein Practice Solutions, and McKinsey and Company.


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