UnitedHealth Group to Launch Electronic Health Records Platform in 2019; Will It Guide Physicians to Preferred Clinical Laboratory Providers?

Leveraging the user base of its existing Rally mobile wellness platform, UnitedHealth Group plans to expand its new electronic health records system to 50 million benefited members and one million healthcare providers by the end of 2019 Before the end of 2019, UnitedHealth Group plans to introduce an electronic health records (EHR) system that it developed internally. It has a ready market for such a system because of its 50 million beneficiaries and one million providers. But this EHR may...

Nebula Genomics Offers FREE Whole Genome Sequencing to Customers Willing to Allow Their Data Be Used by Researchers for Drug Development

Different model for medical laboratory testing has customers receiving compensation for the use of their genetic data while maintaining control over who receives it and how it is used Clinical laboratory leaders and anatomic pathologists will agree that offering whole genome sequencing to customers for FREE is unique in the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetics market. Nevertheless, Nebula Genomics (Nebula), a start-up genetics company in Massachusetts, has announced exactly that. Founded by...

FDA Clears AI Device for Diagnosis of Diabetic Retinopathy; Is this Favorable for Use of AI in Digital Pathology?

FDA clearance of a cloud-based, AI system capable of diagnosing diabetic retinopathy using retinal images highlights the potential for deep learning and algorithmic analysis to assist and, in some cases, replace diagnosticians in medical tests While clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists have seen an increasing amount of research and concepts related to artificial intelligence (AI) for diagnostic purposes, few technologies have reached a point where they are ready for clinical...

McKinsey and Company Report Highlights Precision Medicine’s Advancements in Integrating Genetic Testing Results with Electronic Medical Records

New McKinsey report offers three market trends that could help clinical laboratories position themselves as front-runners in the race toward precision medicine  With federal Medicare reporting and reimbursement programs now weighted heavily toward precision medicine practices that involve genetic testing to reveal predispositions to certain diseases, the trend is widely recognized as the future of U.S. healthcare. But are clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups prepared to take...

Singapore University Researchers Unveil Portable $1 Point-of-Care Testing That Speedily Tests for Multiple Diseases

Hand-held tests developed from the work of the NUS BIGHEART team could help caregivers in remote areas diagnose disease quickly, accurately, and inexpensively There is great demand in Asia for diagnostic tests that are cheap, accurate, and have a fast time to answer. Especially in Asia’s remote and mobile clinics where caregivers need immediate access to clinical laboratory test results at the time of patients’ visits. Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have unveiled...

Researchers at New York Genome Center and Columbia University Discover Why Certain Genetic Mutations Cause Disease in Some Individuals and Not in Others

Determining the reason why people with similar genetic makeups can have different risk levels for disease could help scientists develop more accurate tools that clinical laboratories and pathology groups can use for diagnosis and prognosis It’s been a big question for genetic scientists that now may have part of an answer. Why do individuals who carry identical gene mutations for a particular disease often experience different disease symptoms and severity? The question relates to variable...