Las Vegas Clinical Laboratory UMC Prioritizes STAT Runs, Streamlines Through Consolidation

By automating clinical chemistry and immunoassay testing, clinical laboratory leaders can improve throughput while reducing the stress on staff, laboratory expert says The American Society for Clinical Pathology regularly conducts a vacancy survey of medical laboratories throughout the US. While the problem of lab department vacancy rates has been ongoing, the last survey reported showed increased rates for laboratory positions across all departments surveyed. Last year, burnout among...

Genomics England Increases Goal of Whole Genome Sequencing Project from 100,000 to 500,000 Sequences in Five Years

Genomic sequencing continues to benefit patients through precision medicine clinical laboratory treatments and pharmacogenomic therapies EDITOR’S UPDATE—Jan. 26, 2022: Since publication of this news briefing, officials from Genomics England contacted us to explain the following: The “five million genome sequences” was an aspirational goal mentioned by then Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock, MP, in an October 2, 2018, press release issued by Genomics England.As of this...

Researchers Find Health of Human Microbiome Greatly Influenced by Foods We Eat

One key finding of interest to clinical laboratory scientists is that this research study indicates that the human microbiome may more closely correlate with blood markers of metabolic disease than the genome of individuals In the search for more sensitive diagnostic biomarkers (meaning the ability to detect disease with smaller samples and smaller quantities of the target biomarker), an international team of researchers has teased out a finding that a panel of multiple biomarkers in the human...

Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Will Be Free on Bail Until September 26 Sentencing Hearing for Criminal Fraud Conviction

Start of ex-Theranos president and COO Sunny Balwani’s federal trial will be pushed to mid-March due to COVID-19 spike in California Just when most clinical laboratory managers and pathologists thought the guilty verdict in the Elizabeth Holmes fraud case would bring an end to the saga, we learn her chapter in the Theranos story will instead extend another eight months to September when the former Silicon Valley CEO will be sentenced. However, a brand-new chapter will begin in March when the...

Private Labs in South Africa Voluntarily Agree to Lower Prices for COVID-19 PCR Tests following Investigation by Country’s Competition Commission

In an out-of-court settlement, two commercial clinical laboratory companies also agreed to reduce their prices for rapid antigen tests as well How clinical laboratory companies were pricing their COVID-19 tests caught the attention of government authorities in South Africa. Government agencies in that country are establishing what they view as fair clinical laboratory pricing for private COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and rapid antigen tests without turning to litigation or fines....

UCLA’s Virtual Histology Could Eliminate Need for Invasive Biopsies for Some Skin Conditions and Cancers

Though the new technology could speed diagnoses of cancers and other skin diseases, it would also greatly reduce dermatopathology biopsy referrals and revenue What effect would elimination of tissue biopsies have on dermatopathology and clinical laboratory revenue? Quite a lot. Dermatologists alone account for a significant portion of skin biopsies sent to dermatopathologists. Thus, any new technology that can “eliminate the need for invasive skin biopsies” would greatly reduce the number of...
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