With Experienced Baby Boomers Retiring in Ever-Larger Numbers, Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Use New Methods to Improve Productivity, Reduce Costs

All labs face the challenge of coping with shrinking budgets and staffing shortages, which is why coaching, management observation, and continuous improvement initiatives are proving helpful to medical laboratories It’s the biggest generational shift since baby boomers began working in clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. Across the nation, labs are watching their most experienced and knowledgeable medical technologists and other lab scientists retire. The need to train their...

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...

Millennials Forge New Paths to Healthcare, Providing Opportunities for Clinical Laboratories

Time, cost, and technology are cited as reasons why Gen Y, or Millennials, choose non-traditional healthcare settings, such as urgent care centers, in greater numbers than other age groups Younger Americans increasingly seek healthcare through non-traditional means, such as urgent care centers and retail health clinics. This trend among Millennials (AKA, Gen Y) to seek healthcare outside of traditional medical settings could present opportunities for clinical laboratories and anatomic...

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...