FDA Approves Digital Therapeutics Technologies to Treat Patient Behavioral Conditions That Interfere with Positive Healthcare Outcomes

Clinical laboratories with strong digital and information technology capabilities may find opportunities in this growing field of healthcare Digital therapeutics (DTx), a growing trend in life sciences technology, is emerging as a popular form of connected healthcare physicians can use to transform patient behavior and improve clinical outcomes. This development may create opportunities for IT-savvy clinical laboratories. The software applications (apps) and hardware monitoring devices...

In-Home Healthcare Companies Bring High-Acuity Care, Including Clinical Laboratory Testing, to Patients at their Homes and Workplaces

Proven success at providing quality care to patients at home while lowering costs has both investors and health insurance companies intrigued Some call it “hospital in the home.” Whatever name it is given, the high cost of keeping a patient overnight in a hospital is motivating a range of healthcare players to develop innovative ways to provide care to patients—even patients with acute conditions—in their home. This is a trend that clinical laboratories will want to watch. With hospital beds...

Hospitals Worldwide Are Deploying Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics Systems for Early Detection of Sepsis in a Trend That Could Help Clinical Laboratories, Microbiologists

Though medical laboratory testing is key to confirming sepsis, predictive analytics systems can identify early indications and alert caregivers, potentially saving lives Medical laboratory testing has long been the key element in hospitals’ fight to reduce deaths caused by sepsis, a complication caused by the human body’s response to infection which can injure organs and turn fatal. But clinical laboratory testing takes time, particularly if infectious agents must be cultured in the...

Researchers Create Non-stick Coating That Repels External Molecules, Even Viruses and Bacteria; Clinical Laboratories May Soon Find It Easier to Keep Surfaces Free from Bacterial Contamination

Hospital-acquired infections could finally be prevented and no longer threaten the health of patients and hospital workers In what may be the most significant development in healthcare’s fight against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, have developed an ultra-repellent coating that prevents anything—including viruses and bacteria—from adhering to surfaces covered in the material. This fascinating discovery may have great value...

Advancements That Could Bring Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry to Clinical Laboratories

Experts list the top challenges facing widespread adoption of proteomics in the medical laboratory industry Year-by-year, clinical laboratories find new ways to use mass spectrometry to analyze clinical specimens, producing results that may be more precise than test results produced by other methodologies. This is particularly true in the field of proteomics. However, though mass spectrometry is highly accurate and fast, taking only minutes to convert a specimen into a result, it is not fully...

Direct Primary Care is Emerging as a New Healthcare Model in the US, But Are Clinical Laboratories Prepared to Bill Patients Directly?

If insurance plans are removed from the billing cycle for primary care, it’s not clear how clinical laboratories will be reimbursed for their services Direct Primary Care (DPC) is gaining popularity in the United States. This emerging movement enables primary care providers to bill patients directly for services rendered, bypassing traditional health plans. On a large scale, employers can contract with primary care practices directly for their employees’ primary care coverage. The idea is to...