Using The Healthcare Relationship Cloud™ to Remain Competitive in Today’s Dynamic Healthcare Environment


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AUSTIN, Texas (April 30, 2014) – Clinical diagnostic laboratories and pathology groups are facing a dramatically tougher economic environment than ever before. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) has implemented significant changes that will require labs to achieve greater efficiencies and accountability while lowering costs and sustaining quality. The shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance is well underway and will add even more pressure to medical laboratories already facing significant competition.

Historically it has been difficult for laboratories to gain a clear, real-time picture of each provider relationship coupled with rich healthcare intelligence in order to optimize performance. Many medical laboratories have focused solely on internal clinical efficiencies and embraced systems to facilitate the accurate reporting of test results. However, capturing clinical data is not enough in order to thrive within the value-based environment. The new formula for success requires labs to focus, drive action, and ensure accountability within every department.

“Healthcare reform and other modifications to reimbursement are creating a dynamic and unpredictable environment for laboratories and pathologists to run their businesses,” says Robert L. Michel, Editor-In-Chief of The Dark Report. “If clinical laboratories want to stay competitive, they need to leverage enormous caches of business and clinical data they generate.”

The Dark Report is delighted to offer a recently published FREE White Paper, “A Laboratory Executive’s Guide to Intelligently Reducing Costs While Achieving Operational Excellence and Superior Client Service: Using the Healthcare Relationship Cloud™ to Remain Competitive in Today’s Environment.”  Published by The Dark Report and Dark Daily,   it is available free to laboratory professionals as a PDF download.

Along with other topics, this FREE White Paper specifically addresses:

• Obstacles to efficiency and relationship management

• The new formula for ongoing laboratory success

• Key elements to sustaining clinical laboratory quality

• The economics of the cloud

• Three case studies of laboratories that have reduced costs and increased efficiency while achieving operational excellence

The paper’s author, Mark Terry, is a content matter expert on the clinical diagnostic laboratory industry. He has written dozens of white papers, articles, and market research reports about various aspects of healthcare, clinical laboratories, and biotechnology. Prior to venturing out as a writer and editor, he worked in clinical and research genetics at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is a member of the Association of Genetic Technologists and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

This White Paper, “A Laboratory Executive’s Guide to Intelligently Reducing Costs While Achieving Operational Excellence and Superior Client Service,” is available for free download as a PDF at . It is part of the Dark Daily Resource Center, which has a growing library of White Papers and other information resources tailored specifically for the needs of laboratory administrators, lab managers, pathologists, and lab industry consultants.


For additional information, Contact: 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.