Chairman and CEO David Abney Explains UPS’ Drive Toward Drone Technology

UPS’ program on WakeMed Hospital’s Raleigh campus in N.C. is first drone delivery service cleared by FAA for commercial purposes UPS (NYSE:UPS) Chairman and CEO David Abney emphasizes patients, not packages, in the company’s new drive toward drone technology in medical laboratory specimen transport and logistics. Abney closed Day 1 sessions of the 24th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management (EWC) which continues through Thursday in New Orleans. “Healthcare is a strategic...

New CRISPR Genetic Tests Offer Clinical Pathologists Powerful Tools to Diagnose Disease Even in Remote and Desolate Regions

Researchers at UC Berkley developed new ways to use CRISPR as a genetic “search engine” in addition to a cut and paste tool Clinical pathology laboratory professionals have long been aware of the potential diagnostic properties related to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology. Now, new tests using the gene-editing tool show that potential is being realized. One example involves using CRISPR to detect diseases in Nigeria, where a Lassa fever epidemic has...

University Study Suggests Cervical Microbiome Could Be Used by Medical Laboratories as Biomarker in Determining Women’s Risk for Cervical Cancer

Researchers find presence of “high-grade” precancerous lesions caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with “richness” of cervical bacteria Could bacteria residing in the cervix of women be useful in screening for cervical cancer? That’s what a study into the connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Tanzania, seems to...

Sonic Healthcare’s iMorpheus Program Helps Clinical Laboratories Receive Financial Rewards through Medicare’s Shared Savings Program

When medical laboratories work with doctors to help patients with chronic diseases get prompt care, everyone wins, and labs increase revenue When clinical laboratories agree to share their patient data and encounter information with physicians engaged in population health management, they help improve the health of thousands of people, as well as secure financial rewards through participation in alternative payment models (APMs), such as the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care...

Mt. Sinai Hospital and Cactus Design Studio Create 8-Station Clinical/Research Laboratory to Assess Health and Prevent Disease

Lab100 is designed to be easily upgraded with the latest medical laboratory technologies for tracking patients’ health metrics and risk for chronic diseases Mount Sinai Hospital and Cactus, a New York City-based design studio, are creating a hybrid clinical laboratory/research lab that uses the latest diagnostic technologies to assess peoples’ health, provide them with an overview of their current condition, and suggest lifestyle changes to prevent future diseases. Though still under...

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Use AI and Human Gut Bacteria to Predict Age of Microbiome Hosts

Clinical laboratories could soon have new tests for determining how fast a patient’s digestive system is aging as part of a precision medicine treatment protocol When it comes to assessing human age and longevity, much research has focused on telomeres in recent years. Now clinical laboratory managers and pathologists will be interested to learn that provocative new research demonstrates that the human microbiome may also contain useful information about aging. Microbes that can be diagnostic...