The Dark Intelligence Group Team
Robert L. Michel
President & Editor in Chief
Deborah Lucas Michel RN
Deborah Lucas Michel RN is the Vice President for the Dark Intelligence Group based in Spicewood, Texas since 2000. She is responsible for Audio Conferences, Human Resources, Contract Monitoring, and financial oversight. She has a nursing degree and a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from USC. Nurse Debbie is a psychiatric nurse with expertise in Quality Management, Program Development, and Case Management. When not working, she does volunteer work for community based services, trains Engel, enjoys sailing, and dancing. She can be reached at email@example.com or directly at 512-264-7103.
Executive Publisher/General Manager
Phone: (512) 264-7103
After almost 18 years as an executive in B2B publishing, Bob joined The Dark Intelligence Group in September 2018 to run daily operations and assist founder Robert Michel with a plan for future growth. Bob’s stops as a publishing company leader include health care information and training companies HCPro and Carlat Publishing, and Wellesley Information Services in the IT space. While at HCPro as Group Publisher, Bob was a part of a management team that helped that company through 10 years of super growth, leading to two private equity recapitalizations. A Boston area native, and graduate of Northeastern University, Bob splits his work time between our Spicewood, TX, main office, and his home office in the Boston area, where he lives with wife Maureen and their two “cheagle” puppies named Sully and Murphy.
Scott has more than 25 years of writing, content marketing, and conference planning experience in the healthcare, software, and life science industries. A former newspaper reporter, he graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
With more than two decades of marketing experience, Bill joined The Dark Intelligence Group in September 2021 as the new Director of Marketing. He has served as a marketing leader across various organizations, including healthcare information and training company HCPro, Harvard Business Review, international internet security company Kaspersky, and award-winning music production software developer iZotope. A graduate of Northeastern University, Bill works from his home office in the Boston area and enjoys writing, drawing, and reading in his spare time.
National Sales Director
Jim Whitehurst joins The Dark Intelligence Group as a Senior Sales Executive. Jim Brings with him over 25 years of experience in the laboratory industry, selling highly-complex laboratory, revenue cycle, document imaging, web portal and connectivity solutions to both commercial and outreach laboratory marketplaces. Prior to TDIG Jim was the the Director of Sales at tevixMD and was responsible for all sales, marketing and business development activities. Prior to tevixMD Jim worked as Vice President of Sales at ASPYRA LLC where he was he is responsible for all sales and new business development activities. Prior to ASPYRA, Whitehurst worked as VP of Sales for Halfpenny Technologies selling connectivity, web portal and mobile reporting solutions for laboratory service providers.
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Liz Carey joined The Dark Intelligence Group in February 2019. She is responsible for developing content and new products in several areas, including special reports, white papers and webinars. Liz previously served as Senior Editor of HomeCare Magazine, which is part of Cahaba Media Group in Birmingham, AL, and she previously spent 13 years with Oakstone Publishing. Liz has more than 15 years of experience in developing and managing editorial and creative programs for B2B digital and print publications, in addition to a range of educational products and tools. She is a former newspaper reporter and editor and is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BA in English and Communication. Liz is based in Birmingham, AL. Outside of work, she enjoys roller skating and watching Pittsburgh sports with her family. Liz is assisted in the office by her leopard gecko, Jeffrey.
Phone: (616) 502-0850
Michael McBride is Managing Editor of Dark Daily and The Dark Report. He has been writing/editing magazine and website content on clinical laboratory medicine, pathology, healthcare information technology, and related topics for three decades. He also has edited 12 fiction novels for various authors. Michael is former Editor-in-Chief of Health Management Technology magazine, Technology Editor for Medical Economics magazine, and Editorial Director for Pandamoon Publishing.
Customer Care Specialist
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Sue joined TDIG in February 2019 as Customer Care Specialist for The Dark Report. She has more than 25 years of experience in customer service and came to the Dark Group to assist subscribers with questions, and provide information for potential subscribers and those signing up for our 14-day free trial .
She spent 15 years in similar customer service roles at healthcare publisher HCPro, Inc., and at The Greeley Company, a consulting company that assists hospitals in the area of medical staff leadership, credentialing, and quality. Sue’s role as a customer service professional has always been to serve the best needs of customers, and she is always just an email or a phone call away.
Sue works remotely from her home office North of Boston, where she resides with her husband, Guy, and their two beautiful grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Adam Curtis has a litany of experience in corporate financial management and corporate administration from experience in corporate roles with the likes of Washington Mutual, Deloitte Consulting, and AMD, to name a few. Along with financial and business savvy, Adam brings a technical skillset poised to drive process improvement and process automation. Adam graduated from the University of Dallas with a BA in Business leadership and is currently a CFA level 1 candidate. Adam has been married to Amanda Curtis for 18 years. They have 3 children: one daughter and two sons. They also recently celebrated the birth of their first grandson!
Accountant and Executive Administrator
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Amanda has over 20 years experience working in executive supporting/accounting roles. She has been an executive office manager, retirement plan administrator, and bookkeeper. Amanda lives near The Dark Report headquarters in Spicewood, TX with her husband and twin sons. She also has a grown daughter who lives in Dallas. Amanda is also a certified personal trainer, part-time wedding coordinator and venue manager.
Digital Marketing Manager
Orlando Health’s New Hospital-in-the-Home Program Brings Quality Healthcare to Patients in the Comfort of their Homes
New federal funds likely to spark additional growth in hospital-at-home programs across the US while creating need for clinical laboratories to serve these homebound patients In one of the latest examples of health systems’ providing acute care to patients outside of...
Military’s Fifth Health System Market Cuts Costs by Keeping Pathology Services ‘On-base’
Even US military clinical laboratories strive to cut costs, protect quality, and improve outcomes Defense Health Agency (DHA), a part of the federal Department of Defense (DOD), recently launched a plan to consolidate healthcare facilities within certain geographical...
Teladoc Reports $13.7B Loss for 2022, Just Two Years after Livongo Acquisition
Loss could indicate an industrywide slowdown in digital health adoption and suggests medical laboratories will want to continue developing a virtual care strategy Only two years after Teladoc Health (NYSE:TDOC) completed acquisition of Livongo, a data-based health...
US and UK Researchers Simultaneously Develop New Tests to Detect Prostate Cancer
Though still in trials, early results show tests may be more accurate than traditional clinical laboratory tests for detecting prostate cancer Within weeks of each other, different research teams in the US and UK published findings of their respective efforts to...
Clarapath Acquires Crosscope, Bridging Histology Automation with Digital Pathology
Clarapath is working to automate manual processes in histology while also capturing data to better inform clinical laboratories Looking to provide an end-to-end digital pathology solution, medical robotics maker Clarapath has acquired Crosscope, a medical artificial...
England’s National Health Service to Offer Widespread Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing for Children and Babies
Research in the UK and US into how rapid WGS can prevent deaths and improve outcomes for kids with rare genetic diseases may lead to more genetic testing based in local clinical laboratories Genetic scientists with the National Health Service (NHS) in England have...
US News and World Report Ranks Clinical Laboratory Technician 17th Best Healthcare Support Job
High demand for medical laboratory technicians that exists throughout the country motivates some colleges to create training programs to meet this need Clinical laboratory technicians will be interested to learn that US News and World Report (USNWR) recently ranked...
Cedars-Sinai Researchers Determine Smartphone App Can Assess Stool Form as Well as Gastroenterologists and Better than IBS Patients
Artificial intelligence performs BSS assessments with higher sensitivity and specificity than human diagnosticians In a recent study conducted by scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, researchers evaluated a smartphone application (app) that uses...
Does Giving a Patient a $75 Gift Card to Send in a Clinical Laboratory Test Specimen Violate Federal Fraud Laws? A Whistleblower Lawsuit Argues ‘Yes!’
Novel scheme by medical laboratory company to induce patients to collect and return their own specimen for testing is central to a federal whistleblower case alleging violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute Handing out gift cards only to patients who return a specimen...
International Team of Scientists Develop Smart Diaper That Alerts Parents When It Is Soiled and Needs to Be Changed
Not the first smart diaper to come along, but consumers seem unready for diapers that can flag urinary tract infections and other biomarkers usually tested by clinical laboratories Will wonders never cease? For centuries, parents had only their own senses to determine...