Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine Develop Technology That Makes Urine Fluorescent When Transplanted Organs Are Rejected

This new technology could replace needle biopsies and allow physicians to detect rejection of transplanted organs earlier, saving patients’ lives Anatomic pathologists may be reading fewer biopsy reports for patients with organ transplants in the future. That’s thanks to a new technology that may be more sensitive to and capable of detecting organ rejection earlier than traditional needle biopsies. When clinicians can detect organ transplant rejection earlier, patients survive longer....

EHR Sales Reached $31.5 Billion in 2018 Despite Concerns over Usability, Interoperability, and Ties to Medical Errors

Cerner and Epic are the industry’s revenue leaders, though smaller vendors remain popular with physician groups Sales of electronic health record (EHR) systems and related hardware and services reached $31.5 billion in 2018. And those sales will increase, according to a 2019 market analysis from Kalorama Information. This is important information for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups that must interface with the EHRs of their physician clients to enable electronic...

Microbial Surveillance Study Snares Patients Entering Michigan Hospitals with Drug-Resistant Bacteria on Their Hands

Thorough hand-washing protocols aren’t just for healthcare professionals anymore. Patients also need to be educated to prevent hospital-acquired infections Microbiologists and clinical laboratory managers will be particularly interested to learn that patients are bringing deadly organisms into hospitals on their hands. That’s the conclusion of a University of Michigan (UM) study which found that as patients enter and move throughout hospitals, they deposit and spread multi-drug resistant...

Researchers at Princeton University Develop Tiny Biosensor Chip That Can Be Manufactured Cheaply and Possibly Perform Diagnostics Inside the Human Body

Miniaturization of clinical laboratory testing continues to intrigue pathology researchers, medical scientists, and diagnostics developers who see the technology as a way to bring pathology diagnostics to resource deficient areas Can useful, fast, and cheap medical laboratory tests be performed using the million-pixel cameras found in today’s smartphones, in combination with microchips and other technologies? A team of researchers at Princeton University believe they are on the path to...

Text-based Appointment Reminder System Cuts Patient No-Show Rates by One-Third at California’s Largest Physician-Owned Medical Practice

Could clinical laboratories use texting to improving patient compliance with the medical laboratory test orders given to them by their doctors? California’s largest physician-owned medical practice has employed text messaging to reduce patient no-shows. Just as other innovations such as same-day walk-in clinical laboratory testing and patient at-home self-testing made it easier for patients to comply with physicians’ lab test orders, text messaging appears to help get more patients through the...

Multiomics Genetic Research May Give Clinical Laboratories New Capabilities in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancers in Children

Three-platform genetic sequencing offers hope for improved pediatric oncology diagnostics and precision medicine therapies Dark Daily has long predicted that multiomics will someday play an important role in clinical laboratory diagnostic medicine. Now, new research from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides early evidence of that prediction coming to fruition.  Scientists at St. Jude’s have discovered that performing different genetic tests on pediatric cancer patients, and then...