October 30, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In a development that has implications for medical laboratories in developed nations, healthcare organizations in Africa have launched a “landmark electronic referral project” to digitally track workers who travel to South Africa to work in the mining industry. The project is being administered by TIMS (TB in the Mining Sector in South Africa). This digital medical referral service will track the workers as they return to their home countries and help ensure that they get consistent medical care for their TB and other diseases.

MORE ON TB in Africa 

About 500,000 workers from different countries work annually in South African mines. The incidence of tuberculosis among these workers is one of the highest in the world—almost 10 times higher than the level the WHO has established for a medical emergency. A miner with TB can infect as many as 10 to 15 people when he returns to his home community. TIMS hopes that its electronic referral service will help workers with infectious diseases, like TB, to continue accessing therapeutic drugs and medical care as they travel between their homes and their jobs in South Africa. The project organizers recognize the need for improvements to medical laboratories and medical resources in these regions to support the TIMS program.

NEOGENOMICS OPENS NEW LAB IN SWITZERLAND

Neogenomics, Inc., of Ft. Myers, Fla., said it has opened its first international lab facility near Geneva, Switzerland. The lab is intended to provide testing in support of clinical trials.

QUEST TO BUY CLEVELAND HEARTLAB

In a deal announced on Oct. 18, Quest Diagnostics agreed to purchase Cleveland HeartLab, a spin-off business of the Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland HeartLab performs propietary specialty cardiology tests using technology developed at the clinic. It was founded in 2009.

TRANSITIONS

  • Meridian Bioscience of Cincinnati announced that John Kenny is its new CEO. Previously, Kenny held executive positions at Siemens Healthcare, BD, Leica Microsystems, Quest Diagnostics, Bayer Diagnostics, and Abbott Diagnostics.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, November 20, 2017.

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