October 4, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In Hawaii, two competing clinical laboratory companies have joined forces to save a medical technologist (MT) training program from closure. Together, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, LLP (CLH–owned by Sonic Healthcare), and Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS), contributed more than $100,000 to the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The money will be used to hire a full-time faculty member for two years. This will allow the university’s four-year medical technology program to continue admitting and educating students.

 OLYMPUS RELEASES NEW SOFTWARE FOR MICROSCOPES

Amidst all the excitement about digital pathology systems, some pathology companies continue to add functions to the standard clinical microscope. Olympus America Inc., announced release of its labSens software suite. It notes that labSens works with its BX3 clinical microscope to create an “interactive environment for acquiring, displaying, commenting on, measuring, and handling images.”

MORE ON: Microscope

The labSens software now offered by Olympus shows how microscope vendors are working to extend the functionality of the standard clinical microscope. It also is recognition that, moving forward, pathologists are likely to spend less time working directly with glass slides and more time viewing digital images captured from the glass slide.

TRANSITIONS

  • Gregory D. Clark, Ph.D., has assumed responsibilities as the System Director, Laboratory Services, at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. Clark has served in executive positions at such laboratory companies as Westcliff Medical Laboratories, Oregon Medical Laboratories, and UniLab.
  • Susan Hertzberg is the new CEO at Boston Heartlab, in Framingham, Massachusetts. Hertzberg was formerly President and CEO of Ipsogen, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Ipsogen, SA. She earlier worked for a number of lab industry firms, including Abbott Laboratories and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, as well as with Oxford Health Plans.

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…approval of the new DICOM standards for digital pathology images. This paves the way for hospital PACS systems to begin archiving digital pathology images for clinical access and long-term storage.

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