Executive War College to Focus on Role of Digital Lab in Reinventing Health Care


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AUSTIN, Texas (March 13, 2009) – The Dark Report, a leading source of practical information for laboratory professionals, announces the 14th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management is scheduled for April 27-29 at the Sheraton New Orleans, with a bonus day of intensive workshops April 30.

This conference, which is co-sponsored by Siemens, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Sunquest, Atlas Medical, and XIFIN brings together the lab industry’s leading experts to present the latest strategies, best practices and technological innovations to help laboratory professionals improve their operations, grow their bottom line and prepare for the future.

“This program brings the leading lab industry experts together to discuss strategies on how labs can be more successful in the coming year,” says founder Robert Michel. “It’s the one must attend lab event that brings the best practices and cutting edge innovators together year after year.”

This year’s program tackles relevant issues for laboratories to help pathologists and laboratory managers navigate uncharted territory of health care reform, transfer of scientific discovery to clinical practice, merger of clinical and information technologies, and turn challenges these present into advantages.

The conference kicks off with presentations by Robert Michel, Dark Report editor-in-chief and Executive War College founder on strategies to help labs survive the current economic downturn and impending health care reform and continues over two and a half days and includes over 50 industry experts. Afternoon sessions offer participants a quick course in financial and legal aspects of laboratory mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategies to improve operational efficiencies, reduce waste and increase lab test product lines.

The next day starts with discussion of the growing and changing role of laboratory medicine in health care delivery as a combination of genomics and automation reshape clinical area, as well as the increasing recognition of Vitamin D’s importance to disease prevention and how that will impact laboratories.

Afternoon sessions offer attendees the best of the best business practices, what they need to know to get the laboratory information system platform ready for connection with an electronic medical record exchange, and ways laboratory services can help physicians improve outcomes and reimbursements under new pay-for-performance payer policies.

The optional day of intensive workshops will provide in-depth discussions on revolutionizing histology processing with workflow optimization and automation solutions that improve productivity, quality and profits; everything there is to know about the digital lab; and implementing Lean for Lab.

For additional information, visit: http://www.executivewarcollege.com/index.htm.  Or call Ron Martin at 512-264-7103.


Established in 1995, THE DARK REPORT is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely-read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The Dark Report produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by THE DARK REPORT are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals), Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). THE DARK REPORT co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.