Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Use AI and Human Gut Bacteria to Predict Age of Microbiome Hosts

Clinical laboratories could soon have new tests for determining how fast a patient’s digestive system is aging as part of a precision medicine treatment protocol When it comes to assessing human age and longevity, much research has focused on telomeres in recent years. Now clinical laboratory managers and pathologists will be interested to learn that provocative new research demonstrates that the human microbiome may also contain useful information about aging. Microbes that can be diagnostic...

Clinical Lab Management Learning Demand Drives Addition of Sessions at 24th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management

Clinical laboratory and pathology leaders need strategies and solutions for reversing the negative market forces that are eroding the financial stability of many of the nation’s independent medical labs While there are many national conferences in the clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory industry, the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management is the only conference laser-focused on lab management, operations, and financial stability. This year, the demand for knowledge...

Analytics Help Clinical Laboratories Minimize Risk and Remain Innovative as Esoteric and Molecular Testing Markets Grow

Data-driven proof supports decision-making that optimizes efficiency and boosts bottom lines in the face of shrinking margins and increased competition Molecular and esoteric testing developers continue to make advanced assays and diagnostic technologies available to medical laboratories. However, some laboratory senior management and stakeholders may be reluctant to invest in them even though the market for such testing is poised for significant growth. That’s because lab shareholders might...

University of California San Diego Researchers Demonstrates How Easily Medical Laboratory Systems and Devices Can Be Compromised, Putting Patient Lives at Risk

Researchers stress the importance of preparing hospital and clinical laboratory information systems before a ‘major failure’ occurs Medical laboratory information systems (LIS) and similar devices are vulnerable to hacking, according to physicians and computer scientists from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California Davis (UCD). They recently completed a study that exposed the vulnerabilities of these systems and revealed how clinical laboratory test...

Max Planck Institute Scientists Develop Molecular Biosensor Assay That Enables Paper-based Fingerprick Test for Measuring Metabolites in Blood

A digital camera or smartphone visualizes bioluminescent characteristics of test sample to display levels of Phe in blood, potentially giving medical laboratories a way to support home-based or point of care metabolite tests Clinical laboratories may soon have a new paper-based finger prick assay that can quickly measure metabolites in blood samples and enable patients who need to monitor certain conditions, such as congenital phenylketonuria, to do so at home. The test also could be used at...

High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans are Turning Providers into Bill Collectors and They’re Not Happy About It

Popularity of Medicare Advantage Plans fuels influx of new companies into the marketplace with anticipated enrollment of more than 22.6 million beneficiaries, or more than one-third of Medicare-eligible consumers Provide care or pursue payment. Until recently those two common healthcare activities were mutually exclusive. But not anymore. Thanks to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), healthcare providers today—including clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups—increasingly must...