2021 Forecast
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Immunocompromised Patients with COVID-19 May Remain Infectious for Much Longer than Previously Thought

Clinical laboratory professionals should note that one case study describes a COVID-positive cancer patient shedding infectious particles for five months, which is much longer than expected Just when researchers start believing they understand COVID-19 infections, something happens that reveals there is still more to learn. These additional findings are relevant for clinical laboratory managers and pathologists because the new insights often may play a role in how SARS-CoV-2 results should be...

Cerner Collaborates with Amazon Halo to Add Cloud-based Services and Realtime Health Tracking to Its EHR

Patients in health systems that use the Cerner EHR can now track and share specific health metrics with their healthcare providers In what may be first steps toward becoming a full-service digital healthcare platform, Health information technology (HIT) developer Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) is partnering with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) to bring cloud-based health tracking services to its EHR customers. People who use Amazon’s Halo service—which includes a wristband device and smartphone app to monitor...

Airlines Are Partnering with Health Companies and Clinical Laboratories to Implement At-Home COVID-19 Testing Prior to Flights

Because air travel volumes are low, experts believe it is timely to develop COVID-19 testing systems and gain insight on which protocols are most effective As the COVID-19 pandemic surges on, several international airlines now require customers to complete at-home COVID-19 testing before they can travel. This is triggering unusual business practices. For example, one airline allows its passengers to use frequent flier miles to purchase mail-in COVID-19 test kits. Frequent Flyer Miles for...

Aetna’s New Health Plan for Individuals in Kansas City Allows CVS Health Services at MinuteClinics, HealthHUBs and Pharmacies to Be Network Providers

What is not clear is how Aetna might engage independent clinical laboratories as in-network providers for this health insurance plan For years, Dark Daily and its sister publication The Dark Report have regularly predicted that the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model of indemnity health insurance that requires beneficiaries to pay a co-pay is on the way out. What is not known is how the nation’s biggest health insurers plan to reinvent themselves, as value-based reimbursement for...

GAO Report Predicts 40% Growth in Home Care over Next 10 Years in a Trend That Has Ramifications for the Nation’s Clinical Laboratories

Healthcare policymakers continue to support the move from expensive hospitals to outpatient, ambulatory, and home health settings in ways that will change where and how medical laboratories collect lab specimens Clinical laboratories have adapted to many changes in the past decade and the increased demand for home healthcare is one of them. Thus, predictions from the US federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the number of home care jobs in the US will grow by 40% in the next 10...