November 13, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In recent weeks, Apple signed agreements with the nation’s two largest lab companies to make their lab test data available on Apple’s Health Record app. Laboratory Corporation of America was first to announce its agreement with Apple on Oct. 29. Quest Diagnostics issued its press release about its pact with Apple on Nov. 8. Apple says that its Apple Health record is now connected to 120 hospitals and provider groups, along with the two national lab companies.

MORE ON: Apple Health app

Apple seems to be building momentum with its Apple Health app. Early in the 2000s, both Google and Microsoft developed their own patient health record products. After much hoopla and a lack of consumer engagement, both companies quietly put those projects on the back burner. What has changed in recent years is the explosion in the number of devices consumers can buy, wear, and use that record different health and biometric data. Apple may have a strategy to use its Apple Health app as a way to help consumers pull all relevant data about their health and wellness into one place. This would then allow Apple to connect people to health resources, prescription drugs, and health similar services.

HORIZON NJ OPENS NETWORK TO QUEST

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) will add Quest Diagnostics to its laboratory network in 2019. That ends Horizon’s long-running exclusive relationship with Laboratory Corporation of America. During 2018, both UnitedHealthcare and Aetna ended national exclusive lab contracts and opened their networks to the two national labs.

ROCHE STARTS GLOBAL DIAGNOSTIC CONSULTING UNIT

Hospital Healthcare Europe reported that executives at Roche Diagnostics announced the launch of a new business division. Roche Healthcare Consulting will begin with 250 consultants. It will be led by Thai Viviani, who told the news outlet that the new consultancy “will focus on digital diagnostics and help laboratories, hospitals and other healthcare providers to ‘optimize their performance.’”

TRANSITIONS

  • Scott Nicholson is now Vice President of Sales and Support at GenomeDx Biosciences Inc., of San Diego. Nicholson has held positions with Miraca Life Sciences, Plus Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America, and US Labs.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, December 3, 2018.

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