November 28, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Here’s an interesting window on the true uptake of telemedicine and Internet access. In Oklahoma, the cost of this subsidized service was $28 million in 2009. That cost climbed to $52 million in 2010. Of that total, $19 million was the cost of telemedicine. In Oklahoma City, The Oklahoman newspaper reported that the increase is blamed on the larger size of telemedicine files as they “changed from basic X-rays to more detailed MRIs, and large medical and laboratory reports.” It was noted that even higher costs for this program are expected in 2012.

MORE ON:  Telemedicine

Oklahoma state lawmakers are being asked to increase the amount of fees collected from telephone users that are used to subsidize this program that, among other things, funds free Internet access lines for public schools, libraries, and rural nonprofit medical facilities. The telemedicine links allow rural providers to access specialists and tertiary care centers so as to treat patients locally. Called the “Oklahoma Universal Service Fund,” the program was authorized in 1997.


  • On December 1, Joseph Skrisson will become the Chief Operating Officer at Dyna-care Laboratories, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This Dynacare division is a laboratory joint venture that includes Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Laboratory Corporation of America. Skrisson has held excecutive positions at Sparrow Health System, Piedmont Medical Laboratories, and Beaumont Reference Laboratories.
  • Pat Noland was appointed CEO of StrataDx, an anatomic pathology company located in Lexington, Massachusetts. Noland was formerly an executive with Laboratory Corporation of America, where, among other assignments, he served at Dianon Systems, Inc.
  • Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., announced that Gerardo (Jerry) Fernandez, M.D., is now the Medical Director for Ventana Digital Pathology. A pathologist, Fernandez has worked at Aureon Biosciencs, Genzyme Genetics, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and Beth Israel Medical Center.

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…how Senator Max Baucus (D- Montana) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have sent letters to two major lab companies and three big health insurers on the subject of discounted lab test pricing.

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