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...

EHRs Still Cost Millions and Can Contribute to Physician Burnout; Hospital Laboratories Caught in the Middle

As hospitals and health networks struggle to implement EHRs and comply with federal regulations, medical laboratories have their own struggles fulfilling orders while dealing with physician burnout Ever since 2009, when the federal government’s electronic health record (EHR) adoption initiatives first became law, hospital medical laboratory managers have watched their parent healthcare organizations struggle to implement behemoth information systems and comply with new federal adoption and...

Genentech Smartphone App Helps MS Patients Monitor Their Illness and Provide Real-time Data to Physicians; Clinical Labs Have Another Opportunity to Add Value

By collecting data on MS patients’ activities and abilities, parent company Roche Group hopes to create new drugs and diagnostics to combat this deadly disease Biotechnology company Genentech, a subsidiary of multinational pharmaceutical/diagnostics company Roche Holdings AG, has developed a smartphone application (app) that enables patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to monitor and track their illness in real-time and provide data and insight to their doctors. Clinical laboratories may be...

Fingerstick Blood Test May Prove to Be Lifesaver for Ischemic Stroke Victims by Speeding Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Injury

SMARTChip biosensor undergoing clinical trials in England could pave way for clinical laboratories to provide additional diagnostic tests for monitoring patient progress Emergency medical workers and mobile clinical laboratory technicians may soon have a point-of-care blood test that can identify patients having a stroke from its earliest moments. Currently being developed by Sarissa Biomedical at the University of Warwick in England, the SMARTChip is a finger-prick blood test that reportedly...