Federal Prosecutors Signal That Accuracy of Theranos’ Blood Tests Will Be Centerstage in August Fraud Trial

Pregnant former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes makes her first court appearance in 15 months as pre-trial maneuvering continues in court case involving clinical laboratory tests During pre-trial hearings for the August fraud trial of former Theranos CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, federal prosecutors signaled that the accuracy of Theranos’ blood tests will be center stage in their arguments. This latest installment in the continuing saga of defunct medical laboratory testing company Theranos took place...

COVID-19 Pandemic Tied to Historically Low Influenza Cases, Leading to Uncertainty about Next Winter’s Flu Vaccine

Clinical laboratories may see increase in flu and COVID-19 specimen processing as people return to pre-pandemic social behaviors, experts predict While SARS-CoV-2 infections continue to ravage many parts of the world, influenza (flu) cases in North America have hit a historic low. As winter approached last year, infectious disease experts warned of a “twindemic” in which the COVID-19 outbreak would combine with seasonal influenza to overwhelm the healthcare system. But this did not happen, and...

NIH Awards $48.6 Million in Grants to Advance Putting Genomic Information in Electronic Health Records of Patients

Goal is to enable gene sequencing data to reside in EMRs, which would provide pathologists and clinical lab professionals with an opportunity to add value More federal grant money is available to speed up research designed to make it possible to incorporate genome information into the electronic medical record (EMR). This is a development that can have both positive and negative consequences for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is...

China’s Genome-Mapping Giant BGI Is Poised to Become an International Leader in Gene Sequencing and May Play Major Role in Interpretation of Genetic Test Results

However, China has a shortage of well-trained pathologists, which is why some American lab organizations are establishing medical lab testing ventures in China If experts are right, a company in China is poised to become the world’s largest at gene sequencing. In addition, the huge volume of genetic data it generates is expected to give this company the world’s largest database of genetic information. Such developments could mean that, in just a few years, many pathologists and molecular...

Clinical Pathology Labs Take Note! Six ACO Early Adopters Seek Accreditation from NCQA

Clinical laboratory managers and pathologists can expect ACOs to impact competition for laboratory services Six accountable care organizations (ACO) stepped up and applied for accreditation through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In many ways, this marks the beginning of the ACO era in American healthcare. These six intrepid first-mover organizations will be familiar to most pathologists and clinical laboratory managers. In a recent press release, the NCQA announced their...
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