September 14, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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There is a new national group that has the goal of addressing diagnostic errors in medicine. It is called the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis and became opera- tional last month. The new group was organized by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). Eleven organizations are already part of the coalition along with two government partners, which are the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CLEVELAND HEART, CLEVELAND CLINIC, PROCTER & GAMBLE IN DEAL FOR TEST

Last month, a new business venture was announced. A collaboration involving the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland HeartLab, and Procter & Gamble will work together to develop and commercialize a biomarker developed at Cleveland Clinic that can be used for diagnosis and man- agement of heart disease. The role of Cleveland HeartLab will be to develop a diagnostic test that measures the level of TMAO (Trimethylamine- N-oxide) in the blood. TMAO is produced by gut bacteria and has been linked to heart disease.

MORE ON: Heart Test

Separately, Cleveland Clinic and Procter & Gamble are working together to develop an over-the-counter product designed to help manage TMAO levels. These relation- ships show how the trend of consumer-focused health services is gathering momentum.

TRANSITIONS

  • Don Howard, MD, PhD, will resign as Chairman and CEO of CellNetix, based in Seattle, Washington, to pursue other interests. His resignation is effective on December 31. Howard joined Washington Pathology Associates, the precursor group to CellNetix, in 1986.
  • WaveSense of Irvine, California, appointed William W. Curtis as CEO. Curtis held executive positions at MedVentures, Strategicon, and CBLPath.
  • Sami S. Abbasi is the new President and CEO for PhyMed Healthcare Group, of Nashville, Tennesse. Abbasi previously worked at American Pathology Partners, National Surgical Care, Radiologix, Stephens & Company, and Citicorp.

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….updated developments as adoption of the ICD-10 cod- ing system approaches. Implementation is scheduled to take place on October 1, so all labs are advised to ensure that their coding teams and systems are ready.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, October 5, 2015.

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