Stanford University Study Traces Hospital-Acquired Bloodstream Infections to Patients’ Own Digestive Tract

New bioinformatic tool finds gut microbiota may be ‘potential reservoir of bloodstream pathogens’ suggesting patients’ own bodies can be source of infections Clinical laboratories in hospitals and health networks throughout the nation are collaborating in the priority...

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Can Artificial Intelligence Diagnose Skin Cancers More Accurately than Anatomic Pathologists? Heidelberg University Researchers Say “Yes”

New study conducted by an international team of researchers suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) may be better than highly-trained humans at detecting certain skin cancers Artificial intelligence (AI) has been working its way into health technology for several...

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Canadian Province Solves Biopsy Backlog by Adding Staff and Calling on Pathologists to Help with ‘Gross Examination’ Stage of Biopsy Tests

Physicians in Saskatchewan called for changes after wait times for anatomic pathology test results reached six weeks or more Anatomic pathologist and histopathologist shortages have plagued the single-payer healthcare systems in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) in...

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How DNA Databases Help Investigators Solve Crimes; Will Clinical Laboratories Be Asked to Help?

Studies show consumer genealogy databases are much broader than is generally known. If your cousins are in such a database, it’s likely you are too Recent news stories highlighted crime investigators who used the DNA data in consumer genetic genealogy databases to...

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CRISPR-Cas9 DNA Editing Possibly Linked to Cancer, But CRISPR-Cas13d RNA Editing Could Offer New Avenues for Treatment

CRISPR-Cas9 connection to cancer prompts research to investigate different approaches to gene editing Dark Daily has covered CRISPR-Cas9 many times in previous e-briefings. Since its discovery, CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, has...

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Studies Show Potential for Google’s AI Tools to Improve Pathologist Accuracy and Efficiency

Computer-assisted analysis using Google’s LYNA algorithm shows significant gains in speed required to analyze stained lymph node slides and sensitivity of micrometastases detection in two recent studies Anatomic pathologists understand the complexities of reviewing...

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Controversy Surrounding Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Paige.AI Highlights Risks of Data Sharing and Monetization in Anatomic Pathology

Patient privacy, ethics of monetizing not-for-profit data, and questions surrounding industry conflicts appear after the public announcement of an arrangement to grant exclusive access to academic pathology slides and samples Clinical laboratories and anatomic...

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Shortage of Histopathologists in the United Kingdom Now Contributing to Record-Long Cancer-Treatment Waiting Times in England

Only 3% of histopathology departments that responded to the Royal College of Pathologists’ workforce census reported enough staff to meet clinical demand There is a chronic shortage of histopathologists in the United Kingdom (UK) and it is being blamed for cancer...

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Australia Struggles with Rollout of National Electronic Health Record System

900,000 Australians have opted out of the nation’s new digital electronic health record system due to privacy and security concerns plaguing the My Health Record database Countries around the world continue to attempt creating a single national electronic health...

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Future EHR Systems Could Impact Clinical Laboratories by Offering Cloud Services and Full Access to Patients on Mobile Devices

Future EHRs will focus on efficiency, machine learning, and cloud services—improving how physicians and medical laboratories interact with the systems to support precision medicine and streamlined workflows When the next generation of electronic health record (EHR)...

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Copay Accumulators Is a New Tactic in Struggle Between Payers and Pharma at Patients’ Expense

Though patients get a big discount when paying for drugs, copay accumulators prohibit discounts from applying to plan deductibles, extending time it takes for enrollees to reach full plan coverage There’s a new insurance/payer industry tactic in town and Dark Daily...

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UK Study Reveals 535 New Genes Associated with High Blood Pressure; Could it Lead to a New Genetic Test Panel for Clinical Laboratories?

UK study shows how LDTs may one day enable physicians to identify patients genetically predisposed to chronic disease and prescribe lifestyle changes before medical treatment becomes necessary Could genetic predisposition lead to clinical laboratory-developed tests...

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Milliman Medical Index Predicts Families Will Spend More for Healthcare in 2018 Than Previous Years; Growth Trend Could Impact Clinical Laboratories Unprepared to Collect Fees at Time of Service

Employers and consumers continue to pay more for health benefits from one year to the next, continuing a trend that is not auspicious for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups Most clinical laboratories don’t have the capability to collect payments from...

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Recently published White Paper reveals how the use of new microsampling blood collection methods provide reliable, economical collection, shipping and storage solutions

Many of the newer patient-centered technologies are those based on the concept of remote patient monitoring (RPM). RPM is proving so beneficial for patients and healthcare professionals, it has touched off a new wave of innovation—that of microsampling blood...

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Payer-Provider Partnerships Accelerating as Insurers and Healthcare Networks Look to Improve Care Quality and Reduce Costs

Shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement is fueling increase in joint ventures and co-branded insurance products, creating opportunities for nimble clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups As healthcare moves from fee-for-service to...

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For Early-State Lung Cancer Detection, GRAIL’s Experimental Clinical Laboratory Blood Screening Test Shows Promise

Silicon Valley startup is using gene sequencing to identify in the bloodstream free-floating genetic material shed by tumors There has been plenty of excitement about the new diagnostic technologies designed to identify circulating tumor cells in blood samples. Now, a...

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The Problems with Ancestry DNA Analyses

Diagnostic medical laboratories may sequence DNA genetic tests correctly, but there are issues with how companies analyze the information In 2017, some 12 million people paid to spit in a tube and have their genetic data analyzed, according to Technology Review. Many...

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Researchers Easily Reidentify Deidentified Patient Records with 95% Accuracy; Privacy Protection of Patient Test Records a Concern for Clinical Laboratories

Protecting patient privacy is of critical importance, and yet researchers reidentified data using only a few additional data points, casting doubt on the effectiveness of existing federally required data security methods and sharing protocols Clinical laboratories and...

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Genetic Testing as Part of Primary Care and Precision Medicine is Underway at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Geisinger Health

Both health systems will use their EHRs to track genetic testing data and plan to bring genetic data to primary care physicians Clinical laboratories and pathology groups face a big challenge in how to get appropriate genetic and molecular data into electronic health...

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New Cividis Colormap Could Enable Color Blind Surgical and Anatomic Pathologists to View Digital Pathology Images Normally

New dichromatic color scale developed by scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could play a role in how slides are stained and how software color-codes digital pathology images in ways that make it easier for human eyes to recognize structures and...

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Broad Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital Researchers Develop Multi-Gene Test That Identifies Those at High Risk for Developing Heart Disease and Four Other Potentially Deadly Conditions

Next step is to design Web portal offering low-cost ‘polygenic risk score’ to people willing to upload genetic data received from DNA testing companies such as 23andMe Pathologists and other medical professionals have long predicted that multi-gene diagnostics tests...

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Essenlix Builds Mobile Technology Device That Performs CBC Tests Attached to a Smartphone

New advancements in mHealth, though encroaching on testing traditionally performed at clinical laboratories, offer opportunity to expand testing to remote locations Mobile technology continues to impact clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups and is a...

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Nano-Optic Endoscope Offers Anatomic Pathologists, Medical Laboratories Higher Resolution and Precision Optical Imaging

New metalens technology from MGH and SEAS researchers gives greater endoscopic optical imaging resolution and sample detail for anatomic pathologists performing diagnostics Anatomic pathologists and clinical laboratories know that biopsy samples are necessary to...

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Innovative Clinical Laboratories of Hospitals and Health Systems Now Working to Standardize and Rationalize Lab Tests and Lab Services

It’s the next wave in the long-running trend of hospital laboratory consolidation, as the need to trim costs and support thriving medical laboratory outreach programs continues There’s an important new development in the hospital/health system sector of the clinical...

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