Proteomics May Hold Key to Understanding Aging’s Role in Chronic Diseases and Be Useful as a Clinical Laboratory Test for Age-related Diseases

Researchers are discovering it’s possible to determine a person’s age based on the amount of protein in the blood, but the technology isn’t always correct Mass spectrometry is increasingly finding its way into clinical laboratories and with it—proteomics—the study of...

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Amazon Care Pilot Program Offers Virtual Primary Care to Seattle Employees; Features Both Telehealth and In-home Care Services That Include Clinical Laboratory Testing

Experts say Amazon could be planning a roll-out of healthcare services to its Prime members and others Clinical laboratory leaders will want to note that the Telehealth and home healthcare industries have expanded with the launch of Amazon Care, a virtual medical...

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Hospital Associations and Healthcare Groups Battle HHS Efforts to Expand Pricing Transparency Rules to Include Negotiated Rates with Payers

In a federal lawsuit, seven healthcare organizations and hospitals systems allege HHS exceeded its statutory authority and clinical laboratories will want to watch how this court case unfolds There is quite a brouhaha over the final new federal rule requiring...

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FDA Approves Digital Therapeutics Technologies to Treat Patient Behavioral Conditions That Interfere with Positive Healthcare Outcomes

Clinical laboratories with strong digital and information technology capabilities may find opportunities in this growing field of healthcare Digital therapeutics (DTx), a growing trend in life sciences technology, is emerging as a popular form of connected healthcare...

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In-Home Healthcare Companies Bring High-Acuity Care, Including Clinical Laboratory Testing, to Patients at their Homes and Workplaces

Proven success at providing quality care to patients at home while lowering costs has both investors and health insurance companies intrigued Some call it “hospital in the home.” Whatever name it is given, the high cost of keeping a patient overnight in a hospital is...

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Hospitals Worldwide Are Deploying Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics Systems for Early Detection of Sepsis in a Trend That Could Help Clinical Laboratories, Microbiologists

Though medical laboratory testing is key to confirming sepsis, predictive analytics systems can identify early indications and alert caregivers, potentially saving lives Medical laboratory testing has long been the key element in hospitals’ fight to reduce deaths...

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Researchers Create Non-stick Coating That Repels External Molecules, Even Viruses and Bacteria; Clinical Laboratories May Soon Find It Easier to Keep Surfaces Free from Bacterial Contamination

Hospital-acquired infections could finally be prevented and no longer threaten the health of patients and hospital workers In what may be the most significant development in healthcare’s fight against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), researchers at McMaster...

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Advancements That Could Bring Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry to Clinical Laboratories

Experts list the top challenges facing widespread adoption of proteomics in the medical laboratory industry Year-by-year, clinical laboratories find new ways to use mass spectrometry to analyze clinical specimens, producing results that may be more precise than test...

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Direct Primary Care is Emerging as a New Healthcare Model in the US, But Are Clinical Laboratories Prepared to Bill Patients Directly?

If insurance plans are removed from the billing cycle for primary care, it’s not clear how clinical laboratories will be reimbursed for their services Direct Primary Care (DPC) is gaining popularity in the United States. This emerging movement enables primary care...

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Smartphone Apps Enable Healthcare Consumers to Receive Primary Care without Traditional Office Visits, But How Will They Provide Needed Medical Laboratory Samples?

These virtual office visits use artificial intelligence and text messaging to allow real physicians to diagnose patients, write prescriptions, and order clinical laboratory tests Clinical laboratories may soon be receiving test orders from physicians who never see...

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New Year of 2020 Brings Issues That Fully Challenge All Clinical Laboratory and Anatomic Pathology Leaders

Changes in reimbursement models and federal compliance, as well as tougher payer audits, make it critical clinical laboratory managers are fully informed and prepared for what lies ahead in 2020 Not only does January 1st bring the new year of 2020, but it also brings...

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Two Boston Health Systems Enter the Growing Direct-to-Consumer Gene Sequencing Market by Opening Preventative Genomics Clinics, but Can Patients Afford the Service?

By offering DTC preventative gene sequencing, hospital leaders hope to help physicians better predict cancer risk and provide more accurate diagnoses Two Boston health systems, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), are the latest to...

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Does Precision Oncology Offer Patients Superior Treatment Therapies? Anatomic Pathologists Will Be Interested to Learn Why Oncology Experts Disagree

Number of patients eligible for genome-driven oncology therapy is increasing, but the percentage who reportedly benefit from the therapy remains at less than 5% Advances in precision medicine in oncology (precision oncology) are fueling the need for clinical...

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23andMe Invites Customers to Add Health and Drug Data to Stored Genetic Test Results, Encroaching on Markets Where Both Apple and Clinical Laboratories Generate Revenue

Combining consumers’ health data, including clinical laboratory test results, to genetic data for predispositions to chronic diseases could be key to developing targeted drugs and precision medicine treatments Genetic testing company 23andMe is beta testing a method...

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Harvard Researchers Study Whether Joint Commission Accrediting Results in Better Outcomes for Patients and Whether Accredited Hospitals Produce Better Outcomes than State-Reviewed Hospitals

In response to Harvard’s conclusions, the Joint Commission claimed the study contained “factual errors” and “multiple methodological flaws” in strong rebuttals to findings Today’s emphasis on value-based healthcare rewards hospitals, physicians, clinical laboratories,...

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UPS Expands Drone Delivery Service for Transporting Clinical Laboratory Specimens Across Healthcare Systems to Include Delivering Prescriptions from CVS Pharmacy to Customers’ Homes

Through partnerships with CVS, Utah Health, and Kaiser Permanente the new UPSFF drone service could deliver savings to healthcare consumers and reduced TATs for clinical laboratories United Parcel Service (UPS) successfully delivered by air medical prescriptions from...

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North Carolina Providers Slow State Effort to Impose Reference Pricing They Claim Could Remove Hundreds of Doctors and Medical Service Providers from the State’s Healthcare Network

North Carolina turned to reference pricing to reduce employee health costs, but hospitals in the Tarheel State fought back Efforts by North Carolina’s State Health Plan to adopt reference pricing for its state employees have largely failed, due to united opposition to...

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Doctors in India Sound Alarm: CRE Infections are Becoming Common in India and Killing Two-Thirds of Patients Who Contract Them While Undergoing Cancer Treatment!

As infectious bacteria become even more resistant to antibiotics, chronic disease patients with weakened immune systems are in particular danger Microbiologists and clinical laboratory managers in the United States may find it useful to learn that exceptionally...

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Harvard Medical School Study Finds ‘Staggering’ Amounts of Genetic Diversity in Human Microbiome; Might Be Useful in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine

Half of the genes identified were found to be singletons, unique to specific individuals, offering the possibility of developing precision medicine therapies targeted to specific patients, as well as clinical laboratory tests Microbiologists and other medical...

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Canadian Scientists and Medical Researchers Urge Health Canada to Regulate Laboratory-developed Tests

Lack of regulations and quality management jeopardizes the quality and safety of LDTs, claim experts in clinical laboratory medicine in a commentary to Canadian policymakers Health Canada is the latest government healthcare organization under pressure to enact...

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New CRISPR Gene-editing Approach Under Development at Broad Institute Could Lead to Improved Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics for Genetic Diseases

‘Prime editing’ is what researchers are calling the proof-of-concept research that promises improved diagnostics and more effective treatments for patients with genetic defects What if it were possible to edit genetic code and literally remove a person’s risk for...

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Nebula Genomics Offers Anonymous Sequencing to Increase Privacy and Transparency in Genetic Testing

By offering a way for customers to have their DNA sequenced without any fear of being identified, Nebula Genomics hopes to revive interest in personal genetics Nebula Genomics is introducing a new model for genetic sequencing that emphasizes privacy and consumer...

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As Accreditation Inspections of Clinical Laboratories Become Tougher, Innovative Labs Use Internal Audits and Continuous Quality Improvements to Help Prevent Deficiencies

Savvy medical laboratory managers conduct internal audits of processes involved in deficiency citations so they can uncover how deficiencies occur and help eliminate recurrences One trend that places clinical laboratories at risk involves increased regulation of lab...

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UK’s NHS Will Use Amazon Alexa to Deliver Official Health Advice to Patients in the United Kingdom

Since Alexa is now programed to be compliant with HIPAA privacy rules, it’s likely similar voice assistance technologies will soon become available in US healthcare as well Shortages of physicians and other types of caregivers—including histopathologists and pathology...

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