Pathologists at South Carolina Hospital Are Preparing to Use Next Generation Gene Sequencing for Cancer Patients

Strategic collaboration promises leap forward in personalized medicine that could be game-changing for medical laboratories One early effort to apply next generation gene sequencing to cancer diagnostics and therapeutics is a collaboration that involves Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) in Greenville, South Carolina, and Lab21, Inc., a British company. GHS wants to use next gene sequencing as an integral part of the evaluation of every cancer patient cared for in the...

Sony Makes Sizable Investments in Medical Devices and Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing

Consumer electronics giant wants to create patient-friendly medical devices and diagnostic kits that will be used in point-of-care settings Sony is laying groundwork for a major expansion into the world of medical devices, with a particular interest in medical laboratory testing and diagnostic test kits. Experts point to Sony’s new strategy as a sign that prospects in diagnostic testing remain incredibly strong. Citing unnamed sources, the Israeli business daily Globes printed a story...

More Medical Laboratory Testing Expected as Retail Clinics Change Delivery of Routine Healthcare Services

As popularity of retail clinics grows among consumers, so does the likelihood of increased clinical pathology laboratory testing at these locations Retail clinics (RC)—often called “rapid clinics”—are growing at a phenomenal rate. At the same time, more hospitals and health systems are deciding to participate in this growing trend, either by owning and operating such retail clinics in their communities or by providing the clinical staff. Since the inception of this new care delivery model...

Regional Laboratory Consolidation and Shrinking Budgets Are Key Issues for Clinical Pathology Labs in the United Kingdom

Focus Conference in Glasgow puts spotlight on how medical laboratories must deliver more testing with less reimbursement Clinical pathology laboratory services might be considered “under siege” in the United Kingdom. That’s because clinical laboratories are facing significant reductions to their annual budgets, even as health trusts throughout the country push for regional integration and further consolidation of laboratory testing services. This week in Glasgow, Scotland, the Association for...

As Both Senator and President, Obama Actively Supports Personalized Medicine and Genetic Testing

It may be that personalized medicine is becoming one of those All-American icons, like apple pie and mom. That’s because personalized medicine, as a concept and goal for the American healthcare system, seems to have universal support. If true, this is a positive long-term development for clinical laboratories and pathology groups. Take the new president, for example. Barack Obama has long contended that personalized medicine must be at the heart of health care reform. “The issue of...
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