Researchers at Several Top Universities Unveil CRISPR-Based Diagnostics That Show Great Promise for Clinical Laboratories

Three innovative technologies utilizing CRISPR-Cas13, Cas12a, and Cas9 demonstrate how CRISPR might be used for more than gene editing, while highlighting potential to develop new diagnostics for both the medical laboratory and point-of-care (POC) testing markets...

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What Makes US Healthcare So Expensive? It’s Price, Not Overutilization, Say Researchers at IHME and UCLA

Recent studies exploring the economics behind the high price of US healthcare independently point to the price of labor, goods, services, administrative costs, and pharmaceuticals as primary reason why the US spends almost twice as much as peer countries on healthcare...

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PwC Predicts Forces Shaping Healthcare in 2018; Some Could Impact Clinical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Groups

PwC’s list of 12 factors that will shape the healthcare landscape in 2018 calls attention to many new innovations Dark Daily has reported on that will impact how medical laboratories perform their tests PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) issued its annual report,...

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Kaiser Health News Labels Routine Clinical Laboratory Testing and Other Screening of Elderly Patients an ‘Epidemic’ in US

Some experts in medical community question value of health screenings of older patients with shortened life expectancies, though many aging adults are skeptical of calls to skip tests What does it mean when a credible health organization makes the assertion that there...

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New FDA Regulations of Clinical Decision-Support/Digital Health Applications and Medical Software Has Consequences for Medical Laboratories

Softened FDA regulation of both clinical-decision-support and patient-decision-support software applications could present opportunities for clinical laboratory developers of such tools Late 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidelines on how the...

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Declining In-Patient Admission Rates Blamed on High-Deductible Health Plans; Could Impact Hospital-Based Medical Laboratories

Clinical laboratories may want to offset plunging patient lab specimens by increasing outreach business Hospital admissions are in decline across the country and the trend is being blamed in part on the rising use of high-deductible health plans (HDHP). The...

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Lab-on-a-Fiber Technology Continues to Highlight Nano-Scale Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Testing in Point-of-Care Environments

Ever shrinking “lab-on-a-…” technologies, a boon to medical laboratories and anatomic pathologists in remote resource-strapped regions, also have a place in modern labs Researchers took another leap forward in reducing the size of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests...

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International Pilot Program Tests Whether People Would Be Willing to Exchange Clinical Laboratory Test Results and Photos of Their Bodies for Cryptocurrency

Developers believe participants will be interested in controlling how their private health data is provided to medical laboratories, drug companies, research organizations, and the federal government, while also earning an income Bitcoins for blood tests, anyone? A...

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Telemedicine and Microhospitals Could Make Up for Reducing Numbers of Primary Care Physicians in US Urban and Metro Suburban Areas

Microhospitals already offer most of the critical features of traditional hospitals, and by featuring telemedicine technology at the point of care, they are becoming powerful tools for healthcare providers Dark Daily reported in January that microhospitals...

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Clinical Laboratory Accuracy and Quality Is under Increased Scrutiny as Precision Medicine Puts Diagnostics in the Spotlight

As the public gains awareness of the role clinical laboratories play in modern healthcare, increased engagement and understanding of the technology underlying many of these advances could create risk for labs without transparent reporting protocols to both patients...

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Smartwatch-based Fitness Apps Gaining Popularity Over Other Fitness Wearables such as Fitbit. Will This Affect the Data Clinical Laboratories See Streaming Their Way?

Consumer demand for health trackers combined with other smartwatch capabilities is driving a trend away from simple health trackers and toward more complex devices, such as the Apple Watch, for their more powerful capabilities It is still an open question as to...

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Apple’s Update of Its Mobile Health App Consolidates Data from Multiple EHRs and Makes It Easier to Push Clinical Laboratory Data to Patients

January’s press release confirmed the tech company is working to integrate critical medical data into its mobile devices, while further promoting interoperability and patient access While interoperability has improved since the earliest electronic health...

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Anatomic Pathologists Who Work in Independent Reference Laboratories Can Now Provide Diagnostic Services for CLIA-Approved Hospitals without Need for Additional Credentialing and Privileging

The Joint Commission’s recent alteration to the Introduction to Leadership (LD) Standard LD.04.03.09 makes it easier for off-site and independent reference laboratories to service CLIA-hospitals and other CLIA-approved healthcare facilities Anatomic...

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University of Illinois Study Concludes Regular Physical Exercise Improves Human Microbiome; Might Be Useful Component of New Treatment Regimens for Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

Exercise contributes to improving the human microbiome in ways that fight disease and clinical labs might eventually provide tests that help track beneficial changes in a patient’s microbiome With growing regularity, new discoveries about the human...

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Flu Season Brings Shut Down of Elective Surgeries and Procedures in United Kingdom’s National Health Service Hospitals

Mounting financial and patient-care problems in UK show NHS may not provide a quality blueprint for fixing US healthcare system flaws Patients scheduled for elective surgeries—such as hip replacements or penciled in for routine outpatient appointments—have...

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Potential New Clinical Laboratory Urine Test for TB Could Speed Up Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease That Kills 1.7 Million People Each Year

Public health agencies and physicians would gain access to accurate, rapid dip-stick test that could give results similar to a pregnancy test Tuberculosis is a major killer that ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death worldwide. This deadly...

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Severe Lack of Volunteers for Clinical Laboratory Studies Has US Alzheimer’s Researchers Employing Innovative Methods to Recruit Participants

Low interest and a lack of diversity among study participants hinders research into one of America’s most fatal and costly chronic diseases Finding enough people to participate in clinical laboratory trials for Alzheimer’s disease can be a daunting task...

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California Company Creates ‘Uber for Blood’ to Speed the Transport of Life-Saving Medical Laboratory Supplies and Blood Products in Rwanda

High-flying service expected to take flight in other African countries this year, as Tanzania announces launch of ‘world’s largest’ drone network for medical supply and clinical laboratory specimen deliveries Anatomic pathologists and medical laboratories...

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Former Hershey Medical Technologist Floyd Benko Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Failing to Follow Procedures when Performing Clinical Laboratory Tests

The indicted medical laboratory technician will also be required to pay back more than $69,000 to Hershey Medical Center It what may be a unique first for the clinical laboratory industry, a medical technologist in Pennsylvania has been found guilty of a criminal...

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Johns Hopkins University Study Finds Laboratory-Developed Liquid Biopsy Tests Can Give Different Results; Call for ‘Improved Certification’ of Medical Laboratories That Develop These LDTs

Liquid biopsy tests hold much promise. But inconsistencies in their findings provoke scrutiny and calls from researchers for further development before they can be considered reliable enough for diagnostic use Many commercial developers of liquid biopsy tests tout the...

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Researchers Point to Cost of Services, including Medical Laboratories, for Healthcare Spending Gap Between the US and Other Developed Countries

As healthcare reform continues to impact revenues for medical labs and anatomic pathology groups in an effort to reduce healthcare spending, researchers reinforce claims that prices are to blame, not quantity or quality of care All facets of the US...

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University of Queensland Researchers Isolate DNA and RNA with New ‘Dipstick Technology’ That May Allow Medical Laboratory Testing in Extremely Remote Locations such as Jungles

Researchers successfully isolated both plant and human RNA and DNA in the field, demonstrating the potential for their new dipstick technology to identify deadly bacteria, pathogens, and diseases in water, food, and even humans Australian researchers at the University...

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GlaxoSmithKline to Use a ‘Breath Biopsy’ Test by Owlstone Medical in a Phase II Clinical Trial of a Respiratory Drug

It has been regularly demonstrated in recent decades that human breath contains elements that could be incorporated into clinical laboratory tests, so the decision to use this “breath biopsy” test in a therapeutic drug trial will be closely watched When a major pharma...

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Recent Study Looks at How Consumers Use Wearables That Generate Biometric data and Whether Such Data Might Be Valuable for Physicians and Medical Laboratories

Precision medicine programs can benefit from wearable usage data; however, little information has been collected on personalities and behaviors of the device users Wearables medical devices have the potential to monitor some of the same biomarkers used in medical...

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