Innovative mHealth Devices Enable Smartphone Users to Self-Test and Share Results in Real Time

New mHealth devices open the door for clinical laboratories and pathologists to offer continuous monitoring services to patients which incorporate the patient’s self-test results with that patient’s cumulative medical lab test data In today’s age of mobile computing, healthcare applications are hot. Now comes news that a Swiss company has launched what it calls the world’s first medical smartphone! Of note to clinical laboratory managers and pathologists is the fact that this medical...

DarkDaily.com Weekly E-Briefing Recap – Week Ending April 20th, 2012

Here’s what you may have missed this week in the clinical lab world. It was a busy week… Chronic Disease Management Program in New York City Uses EHRs to Help Physicians Improve Patient Care Published: April 20 2012 As part of NYC’s PCIP, physicians utilize clinical laboratory testing more effectively to diagnose disease and monitor patients Seven years into a targeted program to use clinical data to drive measurable improvement in the health of patients with chronic diseases,...

Aetna, Humana, Kaiser, UnitedHealth Put Five Billion Medical Claims into Database for Healthcare Cost, Utilization Research

Data represents $1 trillion in spending since 2000 and contains clinical laboratory and pathology data In what may turn out to be a positive development for clinical laboratories and pathology group practices, four of the nation’s five biggest health insurance companies will collaborate and put their medical claims data for billions of transactions into a single data base. Researchers say this database will give them an unprecedented ability to assess utilization trends and the clinical care...

Pathology Groups and Clinical Laboratories Should Prepare for Medicare RAC Auditors

2011 is the year that Medicare expands its Recovery Audit Program to include providers such as medical laboratories and pathology groups During the next 12 months, many pathology groups and clinical laboratories will undergo their first audit as part of Medicare’s recently-expanded RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) program. This is a big-dollar audit program. When Congress passed the enabling legislation, it was estimated that RAC would generate $10 billion in recoveries from hospitals,...

UPMC to Use Digital Pathology Imaging to Provide Anatomic Pathology Consulting Services to China

Second-opinion consults will be handled by UPMC’s sub-specialist pathologists Here’s a unique anatomic pathology collaboration that crosses international borders and will utilize state-of-the-art digital pathology technology to support subspecialty pathologist consultations between the United States and China. In recent weeks, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) disclosed that it will provide a range of healthcare services to what is only described as “the largest pathology...
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