Could Biases in Artificial Intelligence Databases Present Health Risks to Patients and Financial Risks to Healthcare Providers, including Medical Laboratories?

Clinical laboratories working with AI should be aware of ethical challenges being pointed out by industry experts and legal authorities Experts are voicing concerns that using artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare could present ethical challenges that need to be addressed. They say databases and algorithms may introduce bias into the diagnostic process, and that AI may not perform as intended, posing a potential for patient harm. If true, the issues raised by these experts would have...

’Hospital Wars’ in Boise Reflect National Trend toward Consolidation of Independent Physician Practices in Ways that Alter the Clinical Lab Testing Market

State and federal investigations into possible antitrust violations arising from provider consolidation could have implications for the nation’s independent medical laboratories Physician-practice acquisition deals are drawing increased scrutiny from federal and state investigators concerned about possible antitrust violations. Because ownership of medical groups can play a role in how the owners decide on a medical laboratory testing provider, these anti-trust reviews could inhibit...

Decline in Physician-Owned Independent Practices Means Independent Clinical Laboratories Need to Shift Strategy

Change in who owns office-based physician groups is a trend which can create new winners and losers among the nation’s independent medical laboratories Physicians today are more willing to practice medicine as employees than as partners or owners of their medical group. This signals a significant shift in the market for clinical laboratory testing and anatomic pathology services. This new development will require that all medical laboratory organizations to rethink how they serve office-based...

Business Intelligence Comes to The Clinical Laboratory Industry – Finally!

Business Intelligence software now allows for real-time data capture, analysis and evaluation of medical laboratory operations For clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups across the nation, the latest use of middleware is for business intelligence. This is a brand-new trend, as only first-mover and early adopter medical laboratories have acquired and currently use some type of middleware solution that delivers business intelligence. One-by-one, laboratory informatics companies are...
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