October 22, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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Efforts to enroll one million veterans in a program to determine how genetic variations affect health is moving swiftly. Current enrollment is 700,000 veterans and the one million goal is expected to be reached by 2021. In 2011, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs instituted the VA Million Veterans Program (MVP).

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Recently the VA extended a contract with Personalis, Inc., to sequence an additional 34,000 whole human genomes as part of the VA Million Veterans Program. Personalis already had contracts with the VA to sequence 80,000 human genomes.


One trend that shows up in the just-released ASCP 2017 Wage Survey is that the average age of medical technologists (MTs) and other lab scientists is becoming younger. In a press release issued by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), it stated, “The overall medical laboratory workforce across the United States is gradually getting younger as increased numbers of longtime employees in the profession are retiring.” The data behind this finding demonstrates that the ongoing wave of baby boomer MT retirements is large enough to cause the average age of lab scientists in many lab organizations to trend younger. This reverses the trend seen through the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Each year, the ASCP conducts this survey and the full results of the current survey are posted online at the website of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. This year’s survey gathered data from almost 15,000 clinical laboratory professionals.


  • Khosrow Shotorbani is the first Executive Director of the Project Santa Fe Foundation, recently formed by the pathology chairs of four health system laboratories. Shotorbani’s previous positions were at Tricore Reference Laboratories, and ARUP Laboratories.
  • Assuragen, Inc., of Austin, Texas, appointed Tom Copa as its new Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations. Copa formerly held positions at Luminex Corporation, Cardinal Health, Baxter, and Allegiance Healthcare.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, November 12, 2018.

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…how researchers were able to easily identify individuals using deidentified patient health records with 95% accuracy. For clinical labs and other providers, this raises serious concerns on how to protect patient privacy.

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