September 29, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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It’s been a productive year for Michigan Co-Tenancy Laboratory (MCL) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, which performs reference and esoteric testing for its members. During 2008, four hospital systems have come aboard as new co-tenants. They are: Baptist Health, Montgomery, Alabama; Bay Medical Center, Panama City, Florida; Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, Michigan; and Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Anniston, Alabama. Michigan Co-Tenancy Laboratory now has 26 tenants in common representing 80 hospitals in seven states.

MORE ON: Co-Tenants

The Michigan Co-Tenancy Laboratory was created in 1997 by the hospital owners of Warde Medical Laboratories. Co-tenancy is a well-established business concept where owners share assets as tenants-in-common. The objective of MCL is to deliver high quality lab testing to its owners at a lower cost than other sources. (See TDR, October 28, 2002.)

NANO BIOSENSORS CAN DETECT MICROORGANISMS

Here’s a new research break-through that may lead to sophisticated, reliable point-of- care (POC) testing systems. NASA researchers are using carbon nanofibers, manufactured with a similar process as silicon computer chips, to create a nano-size biosensor capable of detecting trace amounts of up to 25 different microorganisms. This system is designed to detect life on other planets. NASA recently licensed the technology to Early Warning, Inc. of Troy, New York.

ADD TO: Biosensors

Early Warning’s first application of this nanoscale biosensor is water-quality monitoring for municipal water systems. This lab-on-a-chip tests for multiple microorganisms in parallel and can alert operators in just 30 minutes if contamination is detected in the water supply. NASA’s chief researcher on this project, Meyya Meyyappan, Ph.D., predicts that this technology will find ready application in medical diagnostics.

TRANSITIONS

  • Mark Johnston recently resigned his position as Chief Information Officer at PAML in Spokane, Washington, and will take a new position at Microsoft Corporation in its healthcare information systems division.
  • James Santucci is back in Seattle, Washington. He is now TBFI of XYW at Swedish Hospital. Formerly, Santucci had held an executive position with Dynacare- Laboratory Corporation of America in the Northwest.

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