Researchers at Princeton University Develop Tiny Biosensor Chip That Can Be Manufactured Cheaply and Possibly Perform Diagnostics Inside the Human Body

Miniaturization of clinical laboratory testing continues to intrigue pathology researchers, medical scientists, and diagnostics developers who see the technology as a way to bring pathology diagnostics to resource deficient areas Can useful, fast, and cheap medical...

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UPS and WakeMed Now Use Aerial Drone for Daily Transport of Clinical Laboratory Specimens; In Australia, Google Wing Initiates Drone Delivery Service

Drone delivery of goods, including medical laboratory specimens, gains popularity around the world and FAA licensing in the US In April, Dark Daily’s sister publication The Dark Report was first to report WakeMed Health and Hospitals’ use of a quadcopter drone to...

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Text-based Appointment Reminder System Cuts Patient No-Show Rates by One-Third at California’s Largest Physician-Owned Medical Practice

Could clinical laboratories use texting to improving patient compliance with the medical laboratory test orders given to them by their doctors? California’s largest physician-owned medical practice has employed text messaging to reduce patient no-shows. Just as other...

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UTSA Researchers Create Leukemia Proteome Atlases to Assist in Leukemia Research and Personalized Medicine Treatments

This new atlas of leukemia proteomes may prove useful for medical laboratories and pathologists providing diagnostic and prognostic services to physicians treating leukemia patients Clinical pathology laboratories, hematopathologists, and medical technologists (aka,...

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Latest AMA Benchmark Survey Shows Number of Physicians Employed by Health Networks Now Exceeds Those in Independent Practice

As physicians continue to re-evaluate their career strategies, clinical laboratories must closely monitor changes to test ordering from formerly self-employed doctors For the first time, more doctors are employed by health networks than are in private practice. That’s...

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JAMA Study Shows American’s with Primary Care Physicians Receive More High-Value Care, Even as Millennials Reject Traditional Healthcare Settings

Clinical laboratories that help patients access care more quickly could prevent declines in test orders and physician referrals Millennials are increasingly opting to visit urgent-care centers and walk-in healthcare clinics located in retail establishments. And those...

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California Healthline Report Finds Hospital Chargemaster Prices Fluctuate Dramatically Even Among Hospitals Located Near Each Other

Though federal law requires hospitals to publicly display their prices, including their medical laboratory test prices, the information can be confusing, hard to find, and overwhelmingly complex Hospital chargemaster prices can vary dramatically among hospitals that...

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Innovative Programs by Geisinger Health and Kaiser Permanente Are Moving Providers in Unexplored Directions in Support of Proactive Clinical Care

These initiatives are a call-to-action for clinical laboratories to contribute their expertise in support of wellness programs Two of the largest healthcare systems in America are moving in non-traditional directions to proactively address certain healthcare...

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Multiomics Genetic Research May Give Clinical Laboratories New Capabilities in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancers in Children

Three-platform genetic sequencing offers hope for improved pediatric oncology diagnostics and precision medicine therapies Dark Daily has long predicted that multiomics will someday play an important role in clinical laboratory diagnostic medicine. Now, new research...

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Aspenti Health Takes Home Grand Prize in Nation’s First Clinical Lab 2.0 ‘Shark Tank’ Competition Showcasing Added-Value Clinical Success Stories

Vermont-based clinical laboratory company integrates social determinants of health (SDH) with lab data to help doctors at University of Vermont Health Network better manage their opioid patients Aspenti Health, a full-service diagnostic laboratory specializing in...

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Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital Identify Ways That CRISPR DNA Base Editors Sometimes Unintentionally Alter RNA

These “off-target” genetic alterations demonstrate that certain CRISPR base editors need further refinement in a research finding of interest to pathologists Could CRISPR DNA-editing technology unintentionally effect RNA as well? A new study conducted at Massachusetts...

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MIT Researchers Link Acidic Environments to Cancer Tumor Growth and Invasion of Healthy Tissue; Might Be Useful Diagnostic Element for Pathologists

Methods that target the causes of acidity could become part of precision medicine cancer treatments and therapies Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found that acidic environments enable tumor cells to strengthen through protein...

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Medical Genome Reference Bank Uses Whole-Genome Sequencing to Add 4,000 Healthy Older Adults to Its Huge Database

The resulting genomic dataset may provide useful diagnostic insights that can be used by clinical laboratory and pathology professionals to learn how and why some people age with good health Why do some seniors age in good health and other seniors suffer with multiple...

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New AHA Report Finds Hospital Outpatient Revenue Nearing Inpatient Revenue, While CMS Proposes Paying Less for In-hospital Healthcare Services

Clinical laboratories that service both settings could be impacted as new CMS proposed rule attempts to align Medicare’s payment policies for outpatient and in-patient settings Hospital outpatient revenue is catching up to inpatient revenue, according to data released...

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University of Queensland Researches May Have Found a Universal Biomarker That Identifies Cancer in Various Human Cells in Just 10 Minutes!

This research could lead to a useful liquid biopsy test that would be a powerful new tool for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists Cancer researchers have long sought the Holy Grail of diagnostics—a single biomarker that can quickly detect cancer from blood...

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UK Scientists Produce Comprehensive Summary of Genes Associated with Cancer in Humans, Making Precision Medicine ‘More Precise’

Expanded ‘Cancer Gene Census’ is expected to accelerate development of new therapeutics and biomarker-based personalized medicine diagnostic tests for disease; could be useful for anatomic pathologists Oncology is one of the fastest-developing fields in precision...

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Recently published White Paper explores effective new ways for clinical labs and pathology groups to reverse the trend of uncollected revenue in an era of higher patient requirements and reimbursement pressures

As a result of the drive toward consumer-driven healthcare, and because of rising health insurance deductibles, patients are increasingly becoming the new payers. Efficient patient access management is now viewed as critical to reversing the resulting trend of...

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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Hospitals in West Coast States Incur Highest Daily Expenses when Providing Inpatient Care

US hospitals typically spend $2,424/day to provide inpatient care, according to the KFF report  How much does the average hospital spend/day to provide inpatient care? The numbers vary widely, but the latest statistics from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health...

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Popularity of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests Still Growing, Regardless of Concerns from Provider and Privacy Organizations

For blood brothers Quest and LabCorp this is good news, since the two medical laboratory companies perform most of the testing for the biggest DTC genetic test developers Should clinical laboratories be concerned about direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests? Despite...

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How CRM Systems Help Home Healthcare Providers Treat Patients with Chronic Diseases in a Trend That May Be an Opportunity for Medical Laboratories

Customer relationship management (CRM) plays a critical role in helping providers care for patients with chronic diseases and clinical laboratories are part of those solutions Home healthcare continues to boom in the US and more technology companies each...

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Results of Harvard Study into Medicare Costs Offers Opportunities for Clinical Laboratories

Harvard’s study of high-cost Medicare patients offers insights into how medical laboratories can help improve early diagnosis, optimize therapies, and monitor chronic disease Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups supporting Medicare patients understand...

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Sonic Healthcare Uses Test Data to Create Shared Savings Opportunities for Clinical Laboratory and Providers

Sonic’s data-driven approach to population health management, based on helping clinicians intervene with patients to control healthcare costs, increases the lab’s revenue Sonic Healthcare USA is using clinical laboratory test data to help its client providers improve...

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