US Works with Clinical Laboratories to Launch Several Large-Scale COVID-19 Serological Surveys to Track Undetected COVID-19 in the Nation’s Population
Though some experts claim widespread antibody testing is key to effective public health safety, the WHO warns positive serological tests may not indicate immunity from reinfection or transmission of SARS-CoV-2 It may be the largest program of clinical laboratory...
New CDC-led Genomics Consortium That Harnessed Genetic Sequencing to Track the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus includes Clinical Laboratories and IVD Firms
Medical laboratories are already using gene sequencing as part of a global effort to identify new variants of the coronavirus and their genetic ancestors Thanks to advances in genetic sequencing technology that enable medical laboratories to sequence organisms faster,...
COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers Decline in Anatomic Pathology Testing and Shows How Digital Pathology, Remote Sign-Out Can Increase Pathology Services
Because of ‘shelter in place’ orders, many anatomic pathologists are reviewing digital images from home during the COVID-19 outbreak and demonstrating the value of whole slide imaging, digital pathology, and CMS’ recent amended remote sign-out policy COVID-19 is...
Specimen Management and Logistics Issues to Evaluate for Continuous Quality Improvement – 3 High-Risk Medical Courier Support Services
As a member of your laboratory’s leadership team, learn what you need to know as a competitive laboratory to maximize efficiency, increase profitability, and decrease costs over the long run by leveraging effective medical courier services and those that utilize digital technologies.
UC Berkeley Creates COVID-19 Robotic Testing Laboratory in Record Time by Reallocating Equipment and Training Researchers to Do Clinical Analysis
Medical laboratory leaders may be inspired by this rapid start-up and its outreach to students and the Bay area In what could take a typical clinical laboratory months or even years to launch, the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at the University of California,...
COVID-19 Triggers a Cash Flow Crash at Clinical Labs Totaling US $5.2 Billion in Past Seven Weeks; Many Labs Are at Brink of Financial Collapse
Limited availability of COVID-19 clinical lab tests is major topic at federal briefings and news stories, yet many of nation’s labs are laying off staff and at point of closing Cash flow at the nation’s clinical laboratories has crashed, with revenues down by more...
COVID-19 Disruptions of Supply Chains Are One More Challenge for Clinical Laboratories to Bring Value to Hospitals and Healthcare Networks
Supply chain experts can explain ways clinical laboratories should evaluate their suppliers and sources Suddenly, supply chain management has become a critical success factor as hospitals, health systems, and clinical laboratories throughout the United States respond...
FDA Issues First Approval for At-Home COVID-19 Test to LabCorp’s Pixel; Other Clinical Laboratory-Developed At-Home Test Kits May Soon Be Available to General Public
Though the potential is high for false positives and false negatives, some experts believe at-home COVID-19 testing still holds promise for slowing the spread of the coronavirus Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) is the first diagnostic test developer to...
In New Hampshire, Cooperation Was Key to Handling Clinical Laboratory Testing Challenges Posed by the COVID-19 Outbreak
Facing a backlog, the state’s public health laboratory turned to the medical laboratory at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Much of the attention surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak—the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus—has focused on large urban areas such...
Tech Companies Suggest Ways Location Tracking Could Help Health Authorities Fight the COVID-19 Coronavirus by Identifying People Who May Need Clinical Laboratory Testing
Privacy concerns have one tech giant suggesting alternatives to sharing potentially identifiable location tracking data Expect an interesting debate on the use of location tracking as a way to manage this and future pandemics. It is a debate that has implications for...
Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Spreads across 30 States, Lowering Risk of Exposure to Phlebotomists and Clinical Laboratory Professionals
Prior to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, large-scale collection of medical laboratory specimens from patients sitting in their cars was an untried concept. That is no longer true. As of today, residents who meet certain criteria for exposure to SARS-CoV-2—the novel...
Serological Antibody Tests a ‘Potential Game Changer’ and Next Phase in Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 That Give Clinical Laboratories an Essential Role
IVD Companies and medical laboratories are developing serological survey testing that will enable them to determine how widespread COVID-19 has become While medical laboratories gear up for testing to detect SARS-CoV-2—the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19...
A Tale of Two Countries: As the US Ramps Up Medical Laboratory Tests for COVID-19, the United Kingdom Falls Short
Media reports in the United Kingdom cite bad timing and centralization of public health laboratories as reasons the UK is struggling to meet testing goals Clinical pathologists and medical laboratories in UK and the US function within radically different healthcare...
Can Consumers Collect Their Own Biological Specimens for Direct-to-Consumer SARS-CoV-2 Tests? FDA Says ‘No’ to Clinical Labs Announcing Such Tests
Following criticism over delays in authorizing medical LDT COVID-19 tests, the FDA swiftly shut down consumer at-home specimen collection schemes Banning COVID-19 tests that rely on consumers’ collecting their own specimens at home is one example where the federal US...
Researchers Discover Links Between Non-Coding DNA and Cancer Growth That Could Lead to New Clinical Laboratory Biomarkers for Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
Previously considered “junk,” scientists learn that parts of DNA which don’t produce proteins are more important than first thought It turns out that the long stretches of DNA in the human genome that are commonly called “junk DNA” or “dark DNA” may be doing important...
Because of the COVID-19 Outbreak, AACC Reschedules Its Annual Conference to December in Chicago and Executive War College Reschedules Its Conference in New Orleans to July
Two major clinical laboratory conferences reschedule, as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to disrupt long-planned events; Many labs are losing money as fewer patients visit physicians This week, the ongoing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)...
For Medical Laboratory Tests, PIVO Enables Healthcare Practitioners to Obtain Blood Samples from Hospital Patients without a Needle Stick
Because patient satisfaction continues to drive Medicare scoring, interest grows in technologies that reduce or remove pain from the patient’s experience, particularly when a phlebotomist draws blood for clinical laboratory testing Clinical laboratories know full well...
Chinese Firm to Replace Clinical Laboratory Test Kits After Spanish Health Authorities Report Tests from China’s Shenzen Bioeasy Were Only 30% Accurate
Bioeasy stands behind the accuracy of its coronavirus test kits and, in a statement, questioned whether they were being used correctly How accurate are the SARS-CoV-2 test kits being offered by different in vitro diagnostics companies, as well as the...
New Price Transparency Shopping Tools Help Healthcare Consumers Make Educated Choices and Save Money Using Smartphones and Other Devices
Price shopping for clinical laboratories and other healthcare services and surgical procedures creates a ‘healthy competitive environment,’ an Optum executive noted With the threat of infection from SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) on the minds of...
Asian Cities, Countries Stand Out in the World’s Fight Against COVID-19, US Clinical Laboratory Testing in the Spotlight
Asian locales reacted swiftly to the threat of COVID-19 by leveraging lessons learned from previous pandemics and making use of serology testing in aggressive contact tracing America’s healthcare leaders in government, hospitals, clinical pathology, and medical...
AccuWeather Asks: ‘Will COVID-19 Subside as Temperatures Climb?’ Some Pathology Experts Say Yes, Others Are Skeptical
AccuWeather interviewed experts, including pathologists who have analyzed the virus, who say SARS-CoV-2 is susceptible to heat, light, and humidity, while others study weather patterns for their predictions AccuWeather, as it watched the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the...
Clinical Laboratories Should Be Aware of Potential Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus That Causes COVID-19
‘Aerosol and Surface Stability’ study shows that the virus can remain infectious in aerosol form for hours and on surfaces for days By now, clinical laboratory workers, microbiologists, and phlebotomists should be fully aware of the potential for transmission on...
Taiwan’s Containment of COVID-19 Outbreak Demonstrates Importance of Rapid Response, Including Fast Access to Clinical Laboratory Tests
By taking early measures to combat the spread, the country had a medical laboratory test for COVID-19 available as early as Jan. 24, and was able to focus medical laboratory testing on the most at-risk individuals With the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak...
CDC Ranks Two More Drug-Resistant Microbes as ‘Urgent Threat’ to Americans; Clinical Laboratories Are Advised to Increase Awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance
In a separate study, HHS finds a 40% increase in sepsis cases, as more patients succumb to infections without effective antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs Given the drastic steps being taken to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in America, it’s easy to forget that...
Advances in Gene Sequencing Technology Enable Scientists to Respond to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Record Time with Medical Lab Tests, Therapies
Scientist described the speed at which SARS-CoV-2’s full sequence of genetic material was made public as ‘unprecedented’ and medical labs are rushing to validate tests for this new disease In the United States, headlines scream about the lack of testing for the novel...
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