Some clinical labs use new pathology lab test technologies to deliver added value to physicians, patients, and payers

Clinical pathology laboratories in the United States and other developed countries across the globe face an unprecedented double-whammy. On one hand, the ongoing explosion of genetic and molecular knowledge gives pathologists and clinical laboratories incredible new tools for diagnosing disease and guiding therapy.

On the other hand, funding for government health programs in the United States and other developed countries is failing to keep pace with demand for health services and the need to pay for all the sophisticated molecular diagnostics and complex therapies now coming to market.

2010 Executive War College

Working in tandem, this combination of threats and opportunities for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers guarantee an exciting—and highly stressful—environment for managing laboratory testing services during the next few years. One given is that reimbursement and budgets for laboratory testing will undergo severe cuts.

Stress on healthcare budgets will occur for a primary reason: demographics. Next year, in the United States, the oldest of 80 million baby boomers—representing 26.4% of the nation’s 303 million inhabitants—are poised to turn 65, allowing them to enroll in the Medicare program. In parallel with this development, these Medicare beneficiaries will expect to have access to the newest molecular diagnostics tests and the most effective new therapies and prescription drugs.

Collectively, these developments require all pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to develop effective strategies that best position their clinical pathology laboratories to offer value added lab testing service in ways that are financially sustainable. It is why The Dark Report has assembled some of the finest strategic thinkers in clinical pathology laboratory management to share their insights at the upcoming 15th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management, scheduled for April 27-28, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A major goal at this year’s Executive War College is to identify the key trends that should inform and drive every laboratory’s clinical and business strategy.

  • As CEO of one of the world’s largest and financially success laboratory companies, David King of Laboratory Corporation of America will speak to how laboratory testing is becoming more tightly integrated in the clinical continuum and why laboratory test data represents the cornerstone of the universal patient electronic health record (EHR).
  • With anatomic pathology undergoing a swift transformation, Thomas M. Grogan, M.D., Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientific Officer at Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., will discuss progress in companion diagnostics, personalized medicine, and how the boundaries between the clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology are dissolving due to new technologies.
  • Digital pathology is already disrupting long-standing practices in anatomic pathology. Ajit Singh, Ph.D., CEO of BioImagene, Inc., will explain how digital pathology technology will unleash revolutionary changes to the anatomic pathology profession, along with the best ways for pathology labs to benefit from these developments.
  • Multi-analyte diagnostics is making fast inroads in clinical lab testing. One of the innovators in this field is Mark Chandler, Ph.D., President and CEO of BioPhysical, Inc., of Austin, Texas. Chandler will describe how multi-analyte diagnostic technologies are making swift inroads in research, pharma trials, and several areas of clinical services, along with recommendations on how clinical labs can use multi-analyte lab tests to deliver more value to physicians.

Joining these four keynote speakers are another 70 speakers, topics, and sessions at this year’s Executive War College. These presentations cover the full range of clinical, operational, and financial activities in laboratory medicine. It is the most comprehensive assembly of knowledge, information, and resources in laboratory management. To see the full agenda and learn about the speakers and topics, use this link (or copy and paste this URL in your web browser: http://www.executivewarcollege.com/agenda.htm ). Reserve your place and register now!

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Brand new! Just released is the full program as downloadable PDF. (or paste this URL into your browser: http://www.executivewarcollege.com/PDFs/2010-Executive-War-College-Agenda.pdf  )

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