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...

California Healthline Report Finds Hospital Chargemaster Prices Fluctuate Dramatically Even Among Hospitals Located Near Each Other

Though federal law requires hospitals to publicly display their prices, including their medical laboratory test prices, the information can be confusing, hard to find, and overwhelmingly complex Hospital chargemaster prices can vary dramatically among hospitals that share the same healthcare markets. That’s what California Healthline found in a recent survey of hospitals in Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. The price differences were huge and could keep patients located in certain areas within...

Innovative Programs by Geisinger Health and Kaiser Permanente Are Moving Providers in Unexplored Directions in Support of Proactive Clinical Care

These initiatives are a call-to-action for clinical laboratories to contribute their expertise in support of wellness programs Two of the largest healthcare systems in America are moving in non-traditional directions to proactively address certain healthcare populations. Most recently, Kaiser Permanente announced it will be investing millions of dollars to tackle homelessness and the disease outbreaks associated with it. The health system is even investing in a housing complex in Oakland,...

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...

Aspenti Health Takes Home Grand Prize in Nation’s First Clinical Lab 2.0 ‘Shark Tank’ Competition Showcasing Added-Value Clinical Success Stories

Vermont-based clinical laboratory company integrates social determinants of health (SDH) with lab data to help doctors at University of Vermont Health Network better manage their opioid patients Aspenti Health, a full-service diagnostic laboratory specializing in toxicology screening, has won the nation’s first ever Clinical Lab 2.0 “Shark Tank”! The competition was held May 2, 2019, in conjunction with the 24th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management in New Orleans. The...